“We picked up two wins, so that was a good thing. There’s a pretty good chance we will make the playoffs now,” Sparks girls soccer coach Jerry Miller said.
Sparks opened Friday morning’s action with a 2-1 victory over Fernley, despite losing a player due to a red card and starting goalkeeper Val Guerrero to a hand injury after being kicked. Andrea Gumina scored both goals for the Railroaders on assists by sisters Maria and Maribel Sanchez.
While the morning game went well for the Railroaders, Miller said the team came out flat in a 3-0 loss to Fallon in the afternoon match-up after all the craziness of the first game.
But Sparks rebounded the next morning when it returned to Fernley and took care of Dayton, 2-1, with backup goalkeeper Teresita Espana.
Gumina opened the scoring for the Maroon and Gold in the 13th minute. The Dust Devils drilled home the equalizer in the second half and the game was tied until the final minute when Gumina launched a free kick from 25 yards out toward the goal and Norma Robles headed it in for her first career goal and the game-winner.
“We have moments when we play well,” Miller said. “It kind of depends on the level of competition. We play the Fernleys and the Fallons and Dayton pretty even. When we play Truckee and South Tahoe, everyone gets beat by them. When we play someone on our level, we play pretty well.”
Sparks (2-5-3, 2-4-1 in Northern Division I-A) will take to the road on Thursday and face South Tahoe at 4 p.m.