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Sparks soccer squads dominate Dayton; volleyball falls to Hug
by Tribune Staff
Sep 08, 2009 | 664 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks boys soccer team has been rolling and continued that momentum in Dayton Tuesday night with a 12-0 whipping.

But now the girls are riding the winning train also, picking up a 6-2 victory over the Dust Devils for the program's first winning streak in recent memory.

Dannae Soto tallied four goals and an assist Tuesday night as the Railroaders improved to 2-1-1 on the young season.

"We see room for improvement," Sparks girls soccer coach Jerry Miller said. "We're getting a lot more out of our offense this year."

Jessica Mendoza and Anna Torres both had a goal and assist in the road win.

Sparks has the rest of the week off from game action, but will continue its non-league schedule Tuesday at Yerington.

League competition starts on Sept. 22 in North Tahoe.

"That's when we start for real," Miller said. "At least we've got some momentum going heading into league."

Prior to the girls' game, the boys put on another show and have now outscored their opponents 42-0 en route to a 4-0 record.

Forwards Andrew Garcia and Abi Quintino made Dayton's defense look like Swiss cheese. Garcia racked up five goals and four assists, while Quintino added four goals and six assists.

While the offense was on fire, scoring seven goals in the first 17 minutes of play, the defense was equally impressive throughout the entire contest. The Railroaders only allowed one shot on goal for the 80 minutes of play.

"It feels good. The boys are working hard and from week to week. They're showing improvement, and that's all I ask," Sparks boys soccer coach Frank Avilla said. "We're getting big scores but we're shutting things down in the second half. We're working on our runs and our control and playing everybody in the second halves of these non-league games."

Edgar Casillas knocked in a pair of goals and Eric Ojeda assisted on two goals.

Volleyball

The Railroaders spikers were the only Sparks squad to come away empty handed Tuesday night, but they put up a fight, dropping a non-league decision to Hug: 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19.

"We were evenly matched with Hug, which was exciting, but I was upset we didn't get the win," Sparks volleyball coach Tarina Elliott said. "Defensively we're strong and we're great little passers, and I don't think Hug was ready for that."

Sparks (0-2) was solid in its service game. Daisy Marquez led the team with seven aces, and Krysti Collier had four in the losing cause.

Gaby Diaz handed out 10 assists, while Megan Smart knocked down a team-high eight kills. Marquez and Jantell Martin contributed six and five kills respectively.

The Railroaders are at Lovelock Thursday for a 6 p.m. contest and then are at home against North Tahoe Friday night.
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