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Sparks soccer sweeps Dayton
by Nathan Shoup
Sep 10, 2013 | 2596 views | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Sparks High’s Edwin Navarro pushes the ball up the field during second-half action of the Railroaders’ home win over Dayton.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Sparks High’s Edwin Navarro pushes the ball up the field during second-half action of the Railroaders’ home win over Dayton.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Sparks’ Lizeth Garcia (right) chases a Dayton opponent in a battle for possession of the soccer ball Tuesday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Sparks’ Lizeth Garcia (right) chases a Dayton opponent in a battle for possession of the soccer ball Tuesday.
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It wasn’t a football game but it certainly finished with a football score. Well sort of.

The Sparks boys soccer team stomped Dayton 11-0 Tuesday afternoon on its home field to improve to 2-0 on the season. Senior forward Ruben Pacheco turned in his second consecutive hat trick to open the season.

Dayton suited 16 players for the game while Sparks dressed 23.

Coach Frank Avilla said he was pleased with the win, but after leading 8-0 at the half, he wanted to see his team ease off the gas and work on the finer points of the game.

“We wanted to play nothing but touch. We wanted to control the ball,” Avilla said. “(We wanted to) work on our control, work on our touch, work on our through balls, work on our corners and work on our crosses. We did that at times but when we got the new kids in there, they’re hungry and I can’t blame them for that, but on the same notion, we’re not here to put anything in anybody’s faces.”

Avilla told his team before the game not to showboat and warming up for the second half he yelled, “no fashion statements out there.”

The biggest fashion statement the Railroaders made Tuesday afternoon was on the scoreboard.

Pacheco put Sparks on the board first, scoring in the sixth and ninth minutes. His first was unassisted and his second was aided by a clean through ball off the foot of freshman Francisco Macias. Macias’ fellow freshman teammate Alexis Medina, chipped in two goals of his own in the 22nd and 71st goal.

Pacheco finished off his hat trick with an unassisted goal in 54th minute.

Senior Edwin Navarro added two assists and a 23rd minute goal which put his team up 5-0.

Juan Hernandez (19’), Jose Mendoza (27’), Joseph Dominguez (36’) and Cristian Moron (86’) all chipped in goals as well.

Sparks fired 38 shots to Dayton’s seven while Sparks goalie Ronaldo Hernandez racked up six saves.

The Railroaders host Lowry Friday at 5 p.m.

•The girls squad completed a shutout of their own over Dayton, 4-0, following the boys game.

“We were the faster team today and that’s something we have been working on,” coach Jerry Miller said.

Miller said his team played better as a result of finally getting steady practice time outside and that his team is starting to “gel.”

The Railroaders are now 1-1, 1-0 in league.

Dianna Torres scored two goals, the second of which was assisted by Lizeth Garcia. Garcia also scored a goal of her own. Mars Abalos added Sparks’ final tally.

Goalie Senifa Po’oi made eight saves in the shutout effort.

Sparks continues league play Friday at Lowry.
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James IV
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September 11, 2013
Coach Miller should make sure all of his players are eligible. Last year he didn't care and they forfieted all wins and ties. Hopefully he is paying attention this year.
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