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Sparks soccer sweeps Battle Mountain with routs
by Kayla Dubchansky
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The Sparks Railroaders were fired up again on Saturday morning when they hosted Battle Mountain High School. They treated the guests to an offensive clinic, with a 12-0 defeat in prep boys soccer action.

Eric Ojeda started things off for Sparks, scoring in the third and ninth minutes of the game for a very quick 2-0 lead. Christian Cordova scored an unassisted goal in the 15th minute to increase the lead to 3-0. Sparks put pressure on Battle Mountain's defense and allowed Cordova to create space in the middle to get off a clean shot.

"It's our speed," Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. "We worked very, very hard on that and it's starting to come through."

Next came Andrew Garcia. With senior Avi Quintino out with an ankle injury from Friday's win over Spring Creek, Garcia had control of the offense. He scored three straight for his first hat trick of the season," Sparks' third.

"Avi took the day off," Avilla said. "He doesn't have to do it all himself."

Garcia's first goal, at the 20:15 mark was unassisted. He scored just seconds later on an assist from Jose "Pepe" Mercado. Mercado fed the ball through the middle for a dangerous shot from Garcia. Six minutes later he got his third of the day with an assisted from Ojeda. Battle Mountain's defense was slow in transition and the quick Sparks offense quickly took advantage of that for Garcia's third goal of the half.

Noe Espana rounded out the first-half scoring on an unassisted goal, sending his team into halftime with a commanding 7-0 lead over Battle Mountain. Sparks took a corner kick and Espana got the shot off of a second chance rebound.

To start the second half, Cesar Garcia got in on the scoring action. He scored one minute into the half on an assist from Cordova. He scored four minutes later, assisted by Danny Ornelas on what Avilla described as planned plus that the team executed correctly. Garcia's second goal might have been one of the most exciting of the game. Ornelas took a free kick from the left side of the field, hit to the far post and Garcia dove in to send the header home.

In the 46th minute, a shot bounced off of Battle Mountain into the goal, giving Sparks the double-digit lead.

Francisco Ramirez scored in the 50th minute, unassisted and Edgar Cassillas finished things off for Sparks two minutes later for the 12-0 final.

"We like what we're seeing so far at this point," Avilla said.

Avilla does have something to be proud of - three shutouts and three games along with a huge offensive showing. Sparks has outscored its opponents 30-0 in non-league action.

Sparks plays its first away game on Tuesday at Dayton. Kick off will be at 5 p.m.

"We're going to keep going after Dayton," Avilla said. "They're probably the best team on the other side next to Lowry."

•In Fallon, Reed rolled to a 3-1 non-league victory over the Greenwave Saturday morning.

Girls Soccer

On the girls' side, the Sparks Railroaders got their first win of the season, beating Battle Mountain 7-1.

Jessica Mendoza scored the first two goals of the game and dished off an assist to sophomore Dannae Soto for the third.

Soto had four goals against Battle Mountain. She has totaled nine goals in the first three games of the season. Freshman Andrea Gumina rounded up the scoring for the Railroaders' 7-1 final.

Sparks had 24 shots on goal.

"The win is good," Sparks coach Jerry Miller said. "Wins are always more fun than losing. It was a confidence building for them. I keep telling them they're pretty good but it takes a win to show it."

Sparks travels to Dayton Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game. Miller, who felt his team did not play very well on Saturday, said the team is excited to get to play at night under the lights on the football field.

"We're going to see how well they come together," Miller said. "Pretty sure we can beat Dayton but it'll be how they mentally come together for a late game."
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