The Railroaders led 11-0 at the half. Dannae Soto scored more than half of the SHS crew's goals, posting six. Freshman Andrea Gumina added a hat trick.
“In the first half, our forwards were accurate,” Sparks coach Jerry Miller said. “In the second half, we played a lot of our freshman so they got some playing time.”
Sparks had 27 shots on goal in the first half while Yerington managed just one. Both teams got off five shots on goal in the second half.
Sparks plays at home Friday in another non-league tilt when it meets Lovelock at 3 p.m.
-On the boys side, Sparks continued its early season hot streak, cruising to a 7-0 win over Yerington.
“Yerington came out with a very strong defense and good quick offense against us,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “The boys adapted and adjusted to the things that were going on.”
Sparks only allowed Yerington to take five shots on goal while Sparks had 28. Sparks had six different scorers in the contest with Cesar Garcia tallying two of the seven goals.
Next, the Railroaders face Lowry on Saturday, a team which Avilla feels is the best in the Sagebrush League.
“I’m looking for a very hard contest against them,” Avilla said. “Lowry is one of the toughest teams in that division.”
Sparks travels to Winnemucca and first kick is set for 10 a.m. followed by the girls game at noon.
-In eastern Nevada, the Reed defense had a 20-minute meltdown and it resulted in a trio of Elko goals.
Reed got on the scoreboard first when Kelsey Gomer found the net thanks to an assist from Jessie Eiting at the 11-minute mark.
The 1-0 Raiders edge was short-lived. Elko scored three minutes later and kept pouring it on during the remainder of the first half. The host Indians scored in the 14th, 21st and 34thth minutes.
“We had a span of about 80 minutes where we didn’t do anything right. It wasn’t just a span of 20 minutes,” Reed coach Jason Saville, alluding to his team’s woes throughout the entire 80 minutes of play. “In the first half, we couldn’t possess the ball. And in the second half, our decision making was not very good.
“To be fair, Elko went 100 percent to the ball the whole game. We went 100 percent to the ball maybe 10 percent of the time. That won’t get it done. I can’t take anything from Elko but the bottom line is I think we beat ourselves today.”
Reed trimmed Elko’s lead to the final 3-2 margin when it added a second goal in the 69th minute. Jessica Allen gave an assist to April Boyd, accounting for the late goal.
The Raiders, who are the three-time defending North State champions, fell to 1-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the High Desert League. Reed will return to action Tuesday when it hosts Hug at 7 p.m.
“We should know, especially the seniors should know, that Elko doesn’t lay down for anybody,” Saville said. “We have to pick our game up or be ready to pass the torch on to somebody else. You name it. It went wrong today. It was a complete breakdown.”