By Ty Pimienta, reporting intern
Sparks Junior Captain Genaro Vasquez and sophomore Brandon Pazo both found the net in Friday’s 2-0 home win over Elko.
Vasquez scored the first goal of the night in the 25th minute, assisted by freshman Alex Medina. The 1-0 lead held through the half.
In the 57th minute, freshman Bernado Simental assisted Paz.
“Our boys continue to play hard and we had a couple kids (hurt) which is going to happen during the season,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “Some are going to be off, but the other ones stepped up.”
Despite the win over a quality Elko team which took the 2014 regular season away from the Railroaders, Avilla said there are things to work on.
“We were larthargic,” Avilla said. “For some reason on Fridays, when we come out of school and we have a school day, we were lethargic. We play in front of our fans, instead of ramping it up, they play a little lethargic. It’s just youth, it’s today’s youth and it could be nervousness, this is our first true home game against solid competition and sometimes they get nervous, and don’t believe in themselves.”
Elko coach Jim Nisbet was pleased with his team’s effort but felt his team failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
“We created a couple of decent chances primarily in the first half, just couldn’t get our shots on frame,” Nisbet said. “I was happy with the effort that our guys gave and so I mean there is a reason that Sparks is on top of the league right now and they come out to play tough, and consistently every single game. They pressure you both offensively and defensively, and today we came up just a little bit short of being equal to the task.”
Sparks (7-1-0, 3-0-0) will attempt to remain unbeaten in DI-A North play Saturday at home against Spring Creek. First touch is at noon.