The Sparks boys soccer team sent a message on Wednesday night.
The two-time defending 3A North champs went to perennially tough Truckee, and rolled 4-0. With the win in the league opener, the Railroaders improved to 5-0, 1-0.
“It was a full team effort. We seemed to have different guys step up,” said first-year coach Jose Espana. “That’s what I’m most happy about.”
The Railroaders fired off 18 shots compared with Truckee’s nine. Senior keeper Jose Cerritos finished with six saves in the shutout.
Jesus Partida scored an unassisted goal in the 38th minute to give Sparks a 1-0 lead at the half.
The narrow lead held until the 53rd when Jose Pintor sent a corner kick into the box that was headed home. With four minutes left, Genaro Vazquez put back a deflection on a Partida shot to make it 3-0 and Partida added one more goal for good measure with one minute left with an assist from Anderson Coroado.
Off to a healthy start and loaded with talent this year, Espana said he’s been preaching humility to his team.
“We’ve been down this path before. We had a good start last year,” he said. “But I think we lost sight of our humility at the end.”
The Railroaders play South Tahoe on Friday at 5 p.m. in their home opener.
Boys Soccer: Reed wins first game of season
The Raiders picked up their first win of the season on Wednesday afternoon, squeaking out a 1-0 win at Bishop Manogue.
Reed improved to 1-1-1, 1-1-0 in 4A North play.
Austin Parawan scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute.
Reed will look to make it two straight on Saturday when it hosts Carson at 10:45 a.m.
Boys Soccer: Cougars beat in final minutes by defending state champs
Spanish Springs played the defending state champions tough on Wednesday night, but ultimately came up short, 2-1, at Carson
The Cougars (0-2, 0-2) allowed the game winner with less than three minutes left in regulation.
The Cougs host Douglas on Saturday at 10:45 a.m.
Girls Golf: Cougars win first High Desert League Tournament
Spanish Springs won the second High Desert League girls golf tournament of the season on Wednesday at Wildcreek.
McQueen won last week at Red Hawk.
The Cougars carded a team score of 364, 11 strokes better than Reno. McQueen took third with a 385. Hug, North Valleys and Reed did not have enough golfers to turn in a team score.
Spanish Springs senior Emma Gilmore tied Reno’s Abbi Fleiner for the lowest score of the day with a 75, but won medalist honors she had a lower score on the back nine. Jada McAlister (81), Ciara Hornbarger (101) and Katelyn Gilbertson (107) made up the rest of the Cougs’ card.
Kaitlin Fleiner shot an 87 to lead the Raiders. She was followed by Darby Grow (107) and Abby Horner (108).
The HDL circuit continues Tuesday at Washoe Golf Course.
Girls Soccer: Sparks comes up short against Truckee, 5-2
The Railroaders dropped their 3A North opener on Wednesday, 5-2, at home to Truckee.
Sparks dropped to 2-3, 0-1 with the loss.
“We were in the game up until the last 15 minutes of the,” Sparks coach Art Hurtado said. “We were flat footed and just ran out of gas, made some mental mistakes on defense that allowed Truckee to score.
“All in all, I am happy with the way my team is playing.”
The Railroaders will look to rebound on Friday at South Tahoe.
“We will get back to basics into the next couple of weeks and get our fitness so that we can run and press for an entire game.”