It was a long day for both squads. The boys and girls took on Fallon and 8 a.m. and then came back and challenged Lowry at 2 p.m.
The boys went unchallenged in both matchups, taking down Fallon 5-1 and Lowry 7-0.
“We’re firing on all cylinders right now,” Sparks boys soccer coach Frank Avilla said. “We had some guys who had to miss a game today, so we got a good look at everybody. I’m very satisfied.”
It was the Ruben Pacheco show all day for the Railroaders, but he took a backseat to Eric Ojeda in the opener.
Pacheco got the visitors on the board in the 19th minute and then Ojeda scored three straight goals for a hat trick between the 24th and 45th minutes. Pacheco assisted on the second of Ojeda’s three markers.
Roger Garcia concluded Sparks’ scoring with a goal in the 47th minutes, making it 5-0.
In the second game, Pacheco had two goals and two assists for a three-goal, three-assist doubleheader.
The Railroaders put the pressure on the Buckaroos early with Garcia finding the back of the net in the third minute.
Pacheco followed with his two goals in the 10th and 13th minutes.
Bryan Sermeno made it a 4-0 game with the first of his two goals in the 26th minute.
Six minutes later, Hector Hernandez beat the Lowry keeper, matching Sparks’ offensive output in the early contest. The Maroon and Gold was not done.
Still in the first half, Pacheco assisted on Garcia’s second tally of the non-league clash in the final minute before the break.
Sermeno accounted for the final margin with the Railroaders’ lone goal in the second half.
On the girls side, Sparks suffered a 2-1 loss to Fallon and then settled for a 2-2 draw with Lowry.
Coach Jerry Miller was satisfied with the results since he had to use make-shift lineups due to many players either needing to work or go out of town with their families.
In the first game, Miller said the defense was a little soft up the middle and it didn’t close out on long shots.
Andrea Gumina scored the only Sparks goal in the morning game with Maria Sanchez assisting. Sanchez showed her pin-point accuracy in the second game.
After the Buckaroos broke the ice in the first minute, Sanchez ripped two direct kicks into the back of the next. The first one was from 30 yards out into the upper left corner of the goal.
Lowry was able to find the equalizer in the second half, forcing the tie.
Val Guerrero recorded 10 saves in goal for Sparks.
Sparks has two more crossover games today again at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. This time Elko and Spring Creek will be the opponents.