The Lowry High School boys soccer team pulled off one its biggest victories in recent history with a 3-1 win over North Valleys on Saturday afternoon in Winnemucca.
North Valleys played in the 4A state tournament in 2017 and the 3A state title game in 2018 when the program moved down last fall.
The Buckaroos got out to a fast start against the Panthers and they turned up the heat in the second half to go to 1-1 in 3A “A” Division play.
Andrew Bravo scored the first goal on a cross shot for the Buckaroos.
Anthony Cuevas found the net first on a penalty kick in the second. Daniel Fernandez put in a header off of a direct free kick to conclude the Lowry scoring, and Fernandez was the “Man of the Match.”
“It was a big win against North Valleys,” Swanson said. “The boys played excellent soccer against them; they were the 3A runner-up in the State Championship game last year. We definitely outplayed them; things are going in the right direction. The boys are working really hard and starting to play together in the system that we want, it is getting very attacking oriented. We had way more shots on goal and more possessions than them. Everybody played great.”
off by Sparks
The Buckaroos took on Sparks Friday night and lost 3-1 in their home opener.
“We played really good the first 30 minutes of the first half," Swanson said. "Then we had kind of a bad spell the last 10 minutes of the first half and the first 20 minutes of the second half. At the end of the game we played really well against them. The effort from the boys is awesome. We are still trying to square a couple of things away, we were not quite as attacking oriented as we wanted to be on Friday, but we did much better Saturday with that.”
Anthony Cuevas scored the only goal for Lowry against Sparks.
Truckee came to town for a 5 p.m. match on Tuesday and results were not available at press time.
North Tahoe visits Winnemucca on Friday at 5 p.m. and Churchill County (Fallon) takes on Lowry Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. to conclude their five game home-stand opening schedule.
“I am excited to play Truckee; we have never beat them,” Swanson concluded. “I am really hopeful that we will have a good game against them on Tuesday.”