Truckee soccer: Girls, boys fall to Railroaders
Northern Division I-A standings
Team League Points
Truckee 8-1 24
South Tahoe 6-1-1 19
Sparks 6-3 18
Fallon 5-2-1 16
Lowry 4-3-1 13
Elko 3-4-1 10
Spring Creek 3-6 9
Fernley 0-7-1 1
Dayton 0-8-1 1
Team League Points
Sparks 8-0-1 25
Elko 6-1-1 19
Truckee 5-3-1 16
South Tahoe 4-0-4 16
Lowry 4-4-1 13
Spring Creek 3-4-1 10
Dayton 1-5-2 5
Fernley 1-8 3
Fallon 0-7-1 1
Truckee’s boys and girls soccer teams both dropped league games against Sparks on Wednesday. The boys lost 3-1 on the road in a rematch of last year’s regional championship, while the girls were upset at home, 3-2, for their first loss in league play.
In the boys game, junior Genaro Vazquez scored all three goals for the Railroaders, including a penalty kick in the 74th minute to put the game out of reach.
Sparks scored first on a breakaway in the 24th minute. Truckee goalie Gabby Serna blocked the initial shot attempt, but the ball bounced back and hit off of Vazquez’s arm and into the goal, said Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt.
“It could have gone either way as a hand ball or a shoulder, and we didn’t get the call,” Eberhardt said.
The Wolverines went down 2-0 in the 34th minute when Vazquez took advantage of a defensive breakdown.
Eberhardt said Truckee came out in the second half with renewed energy, which paid off in the 64th minute when Manuel Sarabia buried a hot shot into the upper corner of the goal to cut the lead in half.
Ten minutes later, however, a Truckee defender was called for a hand ball in the box, which resulted in the successful penalty kick by Vazquez.
“We had more chances after that but our momentum had died,” Eberhardt said. “It was a good game and we have a lot to learn from it.”
First-place Sparks, which defeated Truckee 3-0 in their first meeting, improved to 8-0-1 in the Northern Division I-A as Truckee fell to 5-3-1. Truckee is tied with South Tahoe for third place, both with 16 points.
After sweeping through the first half of league play, Truckee’s girls took an early 2-0 lead with a goal by Marley Simpson in the eighth minute and another by Olivia Vigano in the 22nd. Noelle Seppi and Chloe Murphy were credited with assists.
The Wolverines never found net again, however, while the Railroaders scored three times in the second half to earn the comeback win.
Angie Hurtado scored two of the Sparks goals and assisted the other. She trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the 60th minute and assisted a goal by Lizeth Garcia in the 68th minute to even the score. Hurtado then scored the go-ahead goal with only three minutes remaining in the contest.
Despite the loss, Truckee still leads the league standings with a record of 8-1-0. Sparks is in third place at 6-3.