After being held scoreless in the last four games, Lizeth Garcia of the Sparks girls soccer team snuck past the Fallon defense and sent a right footer past a diving goalie. The ball rolled past the far post and Sparks was kept off the scoreboard for the fifth straight game.
The almost goal would have tied the game at one in the 26th minute but instead Fallon added another goal three minutes later on its way to routing the Railroaders 6-0 on the road Tuesday.
Garcia’s shot was the closest Sparks would get.
“Well, we need more connections up top,” coach Jerry Miller said. “We are still not getting penetration into their 18 (goal box )… We have a spatial issue.”
The offensive woes translated into defensive struggles Tuesday as Sparks left numerous defenders unmarked in front of the goal. Fallon tacked on four second-half goals after taking a 2-0 lead into halftime.
“It was not a good defensive effort today,” Miller said.
The Sparks coach is going to give his girls Friday off in hopes of “rejuvenating” his squad, which he feels is “burnt out” before the team travels to South Tahoe Saturday.
While the Sparks girls continue to struggle to score, the boys seemingly can’t be slowed.
The Railroaders messed around and topped Fallon, 5-0, on the road Tuesday to improve to 7-1, 6-1 in league meetings. Senior Ruben Pacheco finished with his fifth hat trick of the season, putting the ball past the Fallon goalie in the 27th, 44th and 48th minutes.
“I’m very proud of the boys. They played as a team, as a group and they continue to buy into our program,” coach Frank Avilla said. “We continue to keep improving.”
Fallon played aggressively against the Railroaders, racking up three yellow cards and 11 penalties but only managed six shots compared to Sparks’ 45.
Juan Hernandez scored the first two goals of the game in the sixth and eighth minutes before Pacheco had his fun.
The Railroaders play their first home game since Sept. 13, Saturday, against South Tahoe.