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Sparks soccer splits at North Tahoe
by Tribune Staff
Oct 09, 2012 | 2222 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks boys soccer team jumped on North Tahoe early and left no doubt in the outcome of Tuesday night’s road contest.

In the fifth minute, Vicente Cervantes put the Railroaders ahead for good when he scored off an assist by Hector Hernandez.

Then, Hernandez got into the scoring act, finding the back of the net in the 18th minute when Ruben Pacheco assisted on the goal.

In the 33rd minute, Kevin Partida buried a free kick, giving Sparks a 3-0 lead at the break.

North Tahoe picked up its lone goal in the 62nd minute, but the Railroaders answered right back in the 63rd minute as Pacheco and Hernandez hooked up again for Hernandez’s second marker of the night.

“I don’t want to jinx us, but I feel like we haven’t shown our complete skill set,” Sparks boys soccer coach Frank Avilla said. “I think we did real, real well. We hit through balls well. We communicated well, and we were in space when we needed to be. We’re really going after it, and the boys are keeping everything in perspective.”

Sparks (20-0, 13-0) is back on the road at Truckee Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Girls Soccer North Tahoe 3, Sparks 2

On the flip side, the Laker girls were the team that got off to a fast start and held off a second-half comeback by Sparks, downing the Railroaders 3-2.

North Tahoe tallied a trio of goals in the first half to take a 3-1 lead at the break. Sparks picked up a goal late in the first half on an Andrea Gumina penalty kick.

The Railroaders picked up the intensity in the second half, but could only manage a goal by freshman Mariela Avalos with about eight minutes remaining, falling one goal short of a tie.

“Some of the senior midfielders stepped up (in the second half). They were a little sluggish,” Sparks girls soccer coach Jerry Miller said. “Ana Torres picked up her game. That was a big noticeable difference. She energized us in the middle. And putting in the freshman forward (Avalos), she closes on the ball well. She’s everywhere.”

Sparks will play Truckee at 2 p.m. Thursday.
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