Sparks posted the first three scores of the game en route to snaring a 3-1 edge at halftime. The SHS club tacked on two more goals early in the second half, extending its edge to 5-1 and nixing any North Tahoe hopes of a comeback.
North Tahoe did get a goal in the second half, narrowing the gap to 5-2 but Sparks scored late to keep the four-goal margin intact.
Kevin Partida scored four goals to lead the Sparks scoring parade. Ruben Pacheco and Hector Hernandez each added a goal as well. Pacheco gave away a trio of assists in the win while Partida assisted on the two goals he did not score.
“We looked good,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “I’m pleased with the kids’ play. It’s one of the few times we’ve come down early in the season to North Tahoe and played well. We continue to keep improving and as long as we do that, that’s all I can ask.”
•In the girls match, Sparks came out on the short end of a 2-0 score to North Tahoe.
The host Lakers scored in the 24th and 72nd minutes to do in the Railroaders.
“We were shooting, but pretty much right to their keepers most of the time,” Sparks coach Jerry Miller said. “It’s still a matter of conditioning for our players. We are starting to play ourselves into soccer fitness. When we get there, we can change our tactics.”
Sparks plays again at Incline Thursday at 6 p.m.