For the third time in four years, Sparks’ season ended at the hands of SECTA.
The Las Vegas squad eliminated the Railroaders 1-0 Friday night in the state semifinals played at South Tahoe High School after bouncing them in the 2013 state semifinals and 2012 state title game.
“Well, it was not meant to be,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “(The) boys played well (it) just (was) not our day offensively today. SECTA played well. We expected a hard-fought game, and we got one.”
Neither team found the net in the first half before the Roadrunners scored what proved to be the game-winner 12 minutes into the second half on a cross into the box from four yards out.
“Oh well, (we) still had a great season,” Avilla said.
Sparks finished the year 18-2-4 overall after winning the DI-A North regular and postseason titles.
“So two of the three goals (were) achieved of their beginning-of-the-year goals (the players) set for themselves,” Avilla said.
SECTA improved to 16-8-2 and earned a spot in Saturday’s state title match against Clark, which eliminated Elko, 2-0, in Friday’s other semifinal.