SHS standout Ruben Pacheco has scored nearly at will against opponents all fall, but his effort Tuesday was downright silly. The Railroaders' senior had a hat trick just five minutes into the match, propelling Sparks to a blazing quick 3-0 lead. He finished with five goals in the lopsided affair.
"Fernley is having a rough year. We tried to spread the ball around," Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. "We're working on scoring quickly and we're doing it. The boys are working hard to accomplish what we work on in practice. I may sound like a broken record, but this is a great group of seniors."
After Pacecho scored early and often, Sparks continued to find the back of the net. Edwin Navarro scored an unassisted goal in the sixth minute
Sparks had to wait seven minutes before it found the back of the net again. The Railroaders got an own goal after Jesus Partida fired a shot off the Fernley crossbar that proceeded to bounce off a Vaqueros player and back into the goal in the 13th minute.
Next, Pacheco and Juan Hernandez scored unassisted goals in the 15th and 17th minutes, accounting for the 7-0 SHS lead just 17 minutes in.
At the 35-minute mark, Sparks reserve Joseph Dominguez got a goal thanks to an assist from Francisco Macias. The 8-0 margin remained into halftime.
Macias scored an unassisted goal in the 50th minute and then Marco Hernandez scored a goal on an assist from Jorge Martinez in the 52nd minute.
The local school's final two goals came from Pacheco and Partida in the 62nd and 64th minutes respectively.
Sparks fired off 49 shots on the Fernley goal while the visitors managed only two against a stiff Sparks defense.
Sparks improved to 13-1 overall and 12-1 in league play with Tuesday's win. Now, the Railroaders get a chance to avenge their lone loss of the fall campaign, a 1-0 defeat against Truckee on Sept. 21.
"We're definitely motivated," Avilla said. "There's a reason we're two of the better teams around, we usually have some of the top players. We have to play together, as a team, and not individually. Hopefully, we learn our lesson the second time around. The boys are ready. They are not intimidated and they want to set the record straight."