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Sparks boys soccer sweeps eastern Nevada trip
by Dan Eckles
Sep 28, 2013 | 1087 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ELKO -- The Sparks boys soccer team wrapped up its eastern Nevada road trip by completing a weekend sweep. Sparks knocked off Elko 4-0 in a Division I -A North League boys prep soccer clash Saturday afternoon.

Sparks (6-1, 5-1) was an equal-opportunity offensive squad, scoring two goals in the first half and adding two more after the break en route to its shutout. The visiting Railroaders were never really threatened, firing off 43 shots in the conference clash while limiting Sparks to 11.

"I feel good about this win," Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. "The kids are learning to be disciplined and buying into what the coaches are teaching."

Edwin Navarro started the SHS scoring parade with an unassisted goal in the 33rd minute.

It looked like the 1-0 margin might stay intact into the intermission, but Juan Hernandez gave Sparks a 2-0 advantage when he scored an unassisted goal for the Railroaders in the final minute before the half.

Sparks scoring leader Ruben Pacheco found the scoring column when he put the ball in the back of the net for a goal less than a minute into the second half. Navarro provided the assist.

The Railroaders tacked on their final scoring tally of the day at the 70-minute mark. Christian Moron handled those scoring honors thanks to an assist from Jose Mendoza.

"We possessed the ball and kicked to space well," Avilla said. "We won the 50-50 balls today. We had a lot of unselfish play. In fact, there's times when the boys could learn to be a little selfish."

Sparks goalkeeper Ronaldo Hernandez needed only five saves to preserve the shutout for his Railroaders' defense.

Elko fell to 3-5 overall and 3-3 in league tilts.

On Friday, Sparks got its trek to Elko County started on the right foot as it cruised to a 7-0 league win at Spring Creek.

Pacheco posted his fourth hat trick of the young season and Hernandez added two goals of his own. Moron and Jesus Partida also scored goals for Sparks.

"I felt we played better than the scoreboard indicated," Spring Creek coach Leaf Knotts told the Elko Free Press. "Our guys hung there and gave them everything they had.

"If we play them with this intensity (next time), we'll give them a good challenge."

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