The non-league tilt matched up potentially the two top teams in the North's top two classifications. The meeting was the final regular seasons match before the two teams start their postseason tournaments next week.
"This was a great preliminary match to the playoffs," Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said. "Sparks could play up. They're good. I'd rather play them than some of the other large schools.
"They pressure really well. They have good skills. They make you play better, because if you don't, they'll score and beat you."
Spanish Springs is yet to suffer a loss, improving to 15-0-2 overall. Sparks sits 15-2-1.
Sparks had a good chance to grab the early lead, nine minutes into the match, Railroaders forward Ruben Pacheco got a look at an open Cougars goal, but he fired a shot wide.
The two teams proceeded to battle to a scoreless draw in the first half. Unfortunately for Sparks, Spanish Springs broke through in the scoring column shortly after the intermission.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead when Edwin Medina posted an unassisted goal in the 42nd minute.
"We didn't play our game but that's a credit to Spanish Springs. They are a really good team and we knew that going in," said Sparks coach Frank Avilla, who had just watched his team play its third game in four nights. "I thought we looked a little fatigued, but our boys played hard. They fought and battled tooth and nail.
"These games are good to see the talent, for learning and they're good for the community. Spanish Springs is a class program."
It looked like the one-goal margin might stay intact into the final whistle, but that was not the case. Spanish Springs tacked on an insurance goal with four minutes left in the match.
Fredy Arriola fired a shot for Spanish Springs from just right of center beyond the top of the Sparks defensive box. Railroaders goalkeeper Ronaldo Hernandez elevated and at the top of his jump punched the ball out, falling backwards.
Spanish Springs forward Victor Garcia pursued the action. He quickly tracked down the loose ball before Hernandez could get back up and punched it into the SHS net for the 76th-minute goal.
High Desert League champion Spanish Springs opens the D-I North regional tournament with a first-round home playoff against Damonte Ranch at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Sparks tied Truckee for the DI-A North League lead but will be its No. 2 seed when the league tourney begins. The Railroaders will face South Tahoe at 3 p.m. Friday in a regional semifinal.