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Spanish Springs, Sparks soccer squads split against league foes
by Tribune Staff
Oct 15, 2011 | 1187 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A year ago, the Spanish Springs boys soccer team picked up some key wins late in its season and got on a roll en route to winning a Northern 4A championship. The Cougars are hoping a 2-1 triumph over Sierra League-leading Carson Friday night is the start of a similar run.

“We owned them the whole game,” Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said. “It was a good game, a good test for us. We passed it, but I don’t think we’ve played our best soccer yet.”

Spanish Springs got a goal from Martin Aguilera in the 38th minute to capture a 1-0 lead. Julio Soto gave away the assist off a corner kick.

The host Cougars increased their lead to 2-0 when Soto scored in the 60th minute thanks to a Rudy Espinosa assist.

Carson’s goal came in the 78th minute.

Spanish Springs improved to 9-2-2 with the key win.

“I thought we controlled the game well,” Moreland said. “We possessed it well. We didn’t get into it and lose our composure. Carson couldn’t do anything. They kept kicking it long and we took them out of their game. They were frustrated. It was a good win. Our guys showed well.”

Spanish Springs plays again Wednesday, at home at 5:30 p.m. against High Desert League leader North Valleys.


At SSHS, Northern 4A power Carson dismantled Spanish Springs, rolling to a 5-0 shutout victory.

The CHS girls were never threatened. They scored in the sixth and 11th minutes and led 2-0 at the intermission. The visiting Senators then tacked on goals in the 42nd, 60th and 65th minutes to capture the one-sided win.

“I thought we played well,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “Four of their five goals were just huge mistakes on our part. It was just mental breakdowns and I don’t have the answer ... Through most of the first half and part of the second half we controlled the tempo but then we just couldn’t finish.”

Spanish Springs falls to 4-7-2 in defeat. The Cougars host North Valleys at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.



At Dayton, Sparks improved on its perfect record, dumping the host Dust Devils, 8-0 in Northern 3A Sierra League soccer action Friday afternoon.

Sparks now sits 18-0 overall and 8-0 in conference clashes.

Edgar Casillas, Eric Ojeda and Hector Hernandez all had two goals for Sparks.

Kevin Partida chipped in a goal and two assists to the winning effort. Sparks plays again Tuesday at home against Incline at 2 p.m.


Two late Dayton goals sunk Sparks’ hopes of pulling out a victory. Dayton scored in the 68th and 74th minutes to capture a 2-1 triumph.

Andrea Gumina had scored early for Sparks, posting a goal in the 11th minute after getting an assist from Anna Torres.

The Railroaders are now 1-6-1 in league play. They host Incline Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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