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Boys soccer roundup: Spanish Springs and Sparks cruise
by Nathan Shoup
Sep 13, 2013 | 1601 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Victor Garcia (No. 7) streaks with the ball during Spanish Springs' 4-0 win over Reno. Garcia finished with two goals. "He has a nose for the goal," coach Rob Moreland said.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Victor Garcia (No. 7) streaks with the ball during Spanish Springs' 4-0 win over Reno. Garcia finished with two goals. "He has a nose for the goal," coach Rob Moreland said.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Ricardo Camacho (middle) fights for the ball with two Reno defenders.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Ricardo Camacho (middle) fights for the ball with two Reno defenders.
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While many had their eyes on the local football teams in action, the Spanish Springs' and Sparks' boys soccer teams both pulled out league wins in a soccer version of Friday night lights.

Spanish Springs thumped Reno 4-0 while Sparks dealt with two 30-minute postponements in a 4-1 win over Lowry.

Spanish Springs

After pulling out a win by the hair on its chin Tuesday, scoring the final minutes in a win over North Valleys, Spanish Springs cruised to a 4-0 High Desert League win over Reno Friday.

Victor Garcia put the Cougars up 1-0 in the sixth minute after Jonathan Garcia sent him a clean though ball which Victor promptly rocketed into the far-post corner.

With his team leading 3-0, Garcia scored again in the 57th minute off an assist from Gabriel Vasquez.

"Victor was awesome. He's doing really well," coach Rob Moreland said. "He is fast and he has a nose for the goal. They don't respect him I think. They will by the end of the season."

Jonathan scored a goal of his own in the 44th minute. After juking a couple Reno defenders, he hooked his shot behind the goalie, inside the far post. A Reno defender punched the ground in frustration and probably a little in shock.

Cristian Gonzales added the teams second goal in the 41st minute after his shot deflected off the goalie and trickled into the net. Marshall Andrews assisted the goal.

After building a 3-0 lead early in the second half, Spanish Springs wore down Reno. With a much deeper bench, Moreland believed his offense deserved just as much credit for the clean sheet as his defense did. Nearly the entire second half was played on Reno's side of the field.

The Cougars improved to 2-0-1, 2-0 in the HDL with the win. They host Bishop Manogue Wednesday.

Sparks

Friday night could almost count as an off night for the Sparks boys soccer team. And lightning played a large role.

The Railroaders topped Lowry 4-1 on their home field but two separate 30-minute lightning suspensions halted any momentum either team could gather.

"For the young men to come out and keep their composure, they stayed focused and went out there and played the game they know how to play," coach Frank Avilla said.

Ruben Pacheco put Sparks on the board first in the eighth minute with an unassisted goal. Juan Hernandez pushed the lead to 2-0 with unassisted goal of his own in the 19th minute. Freshman Jesus Partida scored his first varsity goal in the 49th minute to extend the lead to 3-0 before Lowry scored its lone goal of the game in 52nd minute.

Finishing with a hat trick in each of the team's first two game, Pacheco finished one goal short of pushing the streak to three games after scoring the final goal of the game in the 62nd minute.

"It was a very good game on both sides," Avilla said. "We are just fortunate to be on the winning side today. It could have gone either way with disruptions like that."

Sparks improved to 3-0, 2-0 in the HDL with the win. The Railroaders travel to Fernley, Tuesday.

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