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Truckee soccer: Boys blanked by rival Railroaders

Truckee junior Jose Gonzalez takes over possession from a Sparks player in Wednesday's league game at Surprise Stadium. Sparks won 3-0.
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The Wolverines are scheduled to play at Fallon on Friday and at Incline on Monday. The next home game is against Spring Creek on Friday, Sept. 18, at 5 p.m.

TRUCKEE — The host Wolverines looked sharp at times in their league opener Wednesday but failed to cash in on their scoring opportunities.

It was a bad recipe for success against their soccer nemesis, as Sparks broke a scoreless halftime tie with three unanswered goals en route to a 3-0 win.

The game unraveled for Truckee in the opening minutes of the second half.

Sparks captain Genaro Vazquez beat a Truckee defender on a run four minutes into the second frame and slipped a low shot past All-League goalie Gabby Serna.

Three minutes later, Vazquez dropped a ball back to wide-open teammate Eric Cervantes directly in front of the goal, and Cervantes put it away to give the Railroaders a quick 2-0 lead.

“I think giving up those two goals, we had to start pushing hard, and that left our defense exposed,” said Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt. “That kind of opened up the field and we got away from what we wanted to do.

“We had our chances. We were just not able to get a goal.”

Vazquez — who has scored five of the Railroaders’ 10 goals this season — extended the lead to 3-0 later in the half.

The second half couldn’t have played out more differently than the first.

The Wolverines possessed the ball for much of the first 40 minutes. The ball never found the net, however, as several promising shot attempts sailed off the mark or were blocked to the collective disappointment of the Surprise Stadium crowd.

The game was a rematch of last year’s Northern Division I-A regional championship in Truckee, which Sparks won 2-1. Despite heading to state as a No. 2 seed, the Wolverines went on win the state championship in a thrilling penalty shootout against Chaparral, which defeated Sparks in the semifinal round.