“I’m glad we came back again,” Cougars coach Rob Moreland said. “The guys kept fighting. They fought hard and didn’t give up. That’s awesome. Hug played tough against us but we just didn’t give up and popped one in.”
Manny Medina had broken the scoreless tie in the match and given Spanish Springs a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute.
Hug bounced back and scored in the 30th and 35th minutes en route to grabbing a 2-1 edge at halftime.
The tie locks up second place for Spanish Springs (9-4-3) in the High Desert League and means the Cougars will host a Northern 4A playoff game Monday at 5:30 p.m. against Damonte Ranch.
- Sparks 1, South Tahoe 1 -
•The Sparks Railroaders are playing some of their best soccer as the season comes to close. The SHS club battled 3A North, Sierra League leader South Tahoe to a 1-1 draw Tuesday.
South Tahoe (11-0-1) finished its league schedule with Tuesday’s tie. The Vikings were undefeated and untied prior to Tuesday’s deadlock.
The visiting Vikings scored first when they got a goal in the 22nd minute. Unfortunately for the guests, that’s all the offense they could muster and Sparks pulled into a 1-1 tie when Eric Ojeda found the back of the net at the 49-minute mark.
Sparks had its chances to capture the victory. The Railroaders outshot their guests 22-9 but managed just the one goal. Additionally, Sparks missed a penalty kick in the 70th minute that could have given it a lead and potentially a win.
“We had our opportunities,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “We played well. It was a very physical game. South Tahoe is first on our side. To play them the way we did is a tribute to our boys. Each game they’re playing harder than before.”
The Railroaders (8-3-3, 6-2-3) finish their regular season with a match at Whittell Thursday at 6 p.m. Regardless of that outcome, Sparks will be the Sierra League’s No. 3 seed when the 3A North postseason tournament begins next week. That means the Railroaders will play a first-round regional playoff at Fallon at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
- North Valleys 4, Reed 2 -
•At North Valleys, the league-leading Panthers scored two key goals in the first 10 minutes of action for what proved to be the winning margin.
North Valleys extended its edge to 3-0 before halftime, but Reed got on the scoreboard just before the break thanks to a Todd Good goal. Dylan Valentine gave away the assist.
Reed didn’t roll over and die. The Raiders scored in the 50th minute to trim the Panthers’ lead to 3-2. Jairo Seguro handled those scoring honors, blasting a shot from just above the Panthers’ defensive box.
Unfortunately for Reed, it could get no closer. North Valleys added an insurance goal in the 70th minute.
“I talked to the boys at halftime and said ‘we’re down 3-1. This is our last game of the season and we’re not going to the playoffs. Let’s see what we’ve got,’” Reed coach Jeff Valentine said. “I think we outplayed them in the second half. It was a good second half. I wish we would’ve put that together all year.”
Reed caps its season with a 2-12-2 record.
- South Tahoe 8, Sparks 1 -
•At Sparks, the host Railroaders fell behind 5-0 after 35 minutes of play and saw 3A state power South Tahoe roll to a lopsided victory.
The seven-goal margin was a much different result than the first time the two teams played when South Tahoe had to scratch and claw for a 3-0 win at the Lake.
“It was like a 4A school playing a 3A school, but we also made them look pretty good,” Sparks coach Jerry Miller said. “To beat South Tahoe, we’d have to be at our best and we were not. We came out flat and distracted and they ran all over us.”
The visiting Vikings got scores in the third, sixth, 28th, 34th and 35th minutes to build their large early lead.
Sparks put up its lone goal of the match when senior Jessica Mendoza scored on a penalty kick at the 47-minute mark.
South Tahoe tacked on goals in the 48th, 52nd and 74th minutes to account for the final 8-1 score. The Vikings dominated play, outshooting Sparks 28-3 in the 80 minutes of action.
Sparks plays its regular season finale Thursday at 4 p.m. at Whittell.