By Kiley Diesner, reporting intern
Spanish Springs travelled to Hug Saturday morning where it rolled the Hawks, 9-0–also the final score of the JV contest.
The scoring barrage from Brionna Wood, Ashlee Pittard, Madison Escolar, Regan Henry, Kendall Kingery, Kendall Tegins, and a hat trick from Makayla Long proved too much for Hug to handle. With the three goals, Long, a captain, has now scored a total of 53 career goals.
“She (Long) puts a lot of effort in and she’s a kid that’s going to fight for every inch of space with the ball,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “Half those goals she has just come from outworking everybody.”
Long is a third-year starter. Her sophomore season, she was chosen for the All League Second Team. Last year, she was an All-League First-Team selection.
“The way I look at it is that when I get the ball, no one is going to take my ball,” Long said. “I have had such a good experience playing (at Spanish Springs) and it’s definitely something I’ll miss.”
Long has played soccer since she was 4 and is committed to play at Sierra Nevada College in Incline next fall. Additionally, she was also the Scheels ESPN Female Student-Athlete of the Week earlier this month.
“She is coachable. She’s not going to come in and let her pride get in the way,” Faker said. “She does whatever we ask her to do and that’s a big part of all of it.”
The Cougars are now 7-3-0, 4-3-0 and travel to Reno Tuesday in a pivotal early-season High Desert League matchup.
First touch is at 3:30 p.m.
Sparks smacked 6-1 at South Tahoe
Coming into the week, the Railroaders were riding a three-game winning streak. Now they’re on a losing streak.
Sparks fell 6-1 at South Tahoe after falling 5-2 at home to Fallon on Wednesday. The Railroaders are now 3-3-2, 3-3-0 in DI-A North play. The Vikings improved to 5-3-1, 5-0-1.
Sophomore Juanita Lopez spotted the Railroaders a 1-0 lead just four minutes in. The advantage held though the rest of the first half before the Vikings went nuts.
South Tahoe scored three goals in the first four minutes of the second half then methodically built their lead throughout the final 40 minutes.
The Railroaders play at Hug Monday night at 5 p.m. in a non-league contest.