By Jasmine Gutierrez, reporting intern
Sparks ended its regular season with a 4-3 home win over Lowry on Friday.
The Railroaders finished their season 10-8-2, 10-6-0. The Buckaroos finished 9-8-2, 7-7-2.
“Going into the playoffs with a win is better than going with a loss,” Sparks coach Art Hurtado said. “(The girls) feel more positive and they’re looking forward to winning that next game.”
The Railroaders were ahead at the half 3-1.
Evelyn Munoz scored the Railroaders’ first goal of the match in the 15th minute and added another five minutes later.
“I feel (the game) was really intense between both of our teams,” Munoz said.
Bailey Sapien cut the gap to 2-1 in the 22nd minute before Sparks’ Daniela Casillas swept in and scored a goal three minutes later.
Mileidy Cano scored the Railroaders their final goal in the 68th minute.
Lowry found the net in the 56th and 72nd minutes of the match but was unable to draw even.
“(Training for playoffs) we go to practice, we eat right, we work hard, and play hard,” Sparks captain Lizeth Garcia said.
Sparks opens the DI-A North regional tournament on Thursday at Elko as the No. 3 seed against No. 6 seed Spring Creek (6-8-2).