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Sparks boys soccer buries Incline, girls spanked
by Tribune Staff
Sep 06, 2013 | 1691 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If Opening Night is any indication, the Sparks boys soccer team should once again contend for a deep playoff run. The Railroaders built a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 5-1 romp over Incline at the Lake Thursday night.

Sparks got a hat trick and an assist from Ruben Pacheco en route to capture the non-league road win.

Pacheco scored in the second, fourth and 35th minutes as Sparks snagged a 3-0 advantage by halftime. The first goal was unassisted but Juan Hernandez and Edwin Navarro gave away assists on the second and third goals respectively.

Sparks pushed its lead to 4-0 when Hernandez found the back of the net on an assist from Pacheco, seven minutes into the second half.

In stoppage time, Incline tallied its lone goal, on a penalty kick.

It didn't take the Railroaders long to answer, Freshman Frankie Macias added a goal for Sparks, also in stoppage time, when Navarro posted his second assist of the non-league affair.

SHS goalkeeper Ronaldo Hernandez racked up 17 saves in the local school's lopsided victory.

Sparks finished with 19 shots on goal.

"We ran our kids into the ground during indoor practices," Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. "The boys are in great condition and that's a tribute to them working hard. In the second half, we really controlled everything. The boys played well. We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but I think we can have another good year."

Sparks plays new league foe Dayton Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The Sparks girls did not experience the same kind of success as their male counterparts in their 2013 debut. Incline handed the Railroaders a 7-0 non-league shellacking in the girls' contest.

"They were really pretty good," Sparks coach Jerry Miller said of the host Highlanders. "They played well together. We've had maybe four or five outdoor practices. We need some field work. They had some experience on the field that we don't have yet. We have talent. We'll be OK when we get some time in playing together. It's hard to get teamwork when you're playing in a gym. The whole spatial aspect of the game is lost."

The SHS girls also play Dayton Tuesday.

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