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Lady Spartans break into win column

Shyann Lamb

Spring Creek's Shyann Lamb takes a direct kick against Incline on Sept. 7, in Spring Creek. On Friday, Lamb notched a hat trick and led a 6-0 shutout victory over Sparks for the Lady Spartans' first win of the year. Spring Creek made it two in a row Saturday, beating North Valleys by a final score of 1-0. The Lady Spartans will look for three straight, hosting Lowry at 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

RENO — The Spring Creek girls soccer team began the season with an 0-4-3 record, but the Lady Spartans broke loose during their weekend road trip.

With a blowout win of 6-0 Friday over Sparks, following with another shutout victory of 1-0 on Saturday against North Valleys — the Lady Spartans may have started to the turn the corner.

Versus Sparks

Score at will.

On Saturday, Spring Creek’s offense broke free — scoring three goals in each half — the defense not allowing a single score.

Sophomore Shyann Lamb got the ball rolling on her remarkable day early, giving the Lady Spartans a 1-0 lead as she won a 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper in the second minute of the ballgame.

In the 26th minute, Spring Creek grabbed a 2-0 advantage.

Assisted by sophomore Payge Walz, freshman Elley Dilworth — who was called up from the junior varsity — nailed a shot outside the 18-yard box for the first varsity goal of her career.

The Lady Spartans snagged a 3-0 lead just before halftime.

Senior Kattalin Lopategui dribbled down the right side of the field and hammered a shot from inside the box, the ball finding nothing but net.

After the break, Spring Creek did not let its collective foot off the gas.

In the 46th minute, Lamb tagged her second goal of the contest — opening a 4-0 margin from a shot inside the box.

Just seven minutes later, junior Chloe Zuraff pushed the advantage to five.

She was set up by a cross pass from Walz, Zuraff heading the ball into the frame.

Hat trick.

With 15 minutes remaining, Lamb completed the lid job.

She launched a direct kick from what head coach Kami Crowe called “about 45 yards out.”

The ball arched high and went both between the goalie’s hands and over hear head.

Lamb’s third goal of the match capped a 6-0 shutout and Spring Creek’s first win of the season.

Versus North Valleys

After notching their first win of the season Friday, why not add two-consecutive victories Saturday?

Against the Lady Panthers, the Lady Spartans did just that.

Despite playing the first half even and scoreless, the game-deciding shot took place after intermission.

“Katie (Lopategui) dribbled down and took a shot that hit the post, and Kaela Negrych was there and knocked in the rebound,” Crowe said.

Negrych’s goal was the lone score of the contest, giving Spring Creek a 1-0 victory.

“The girls played better than they have. They had more of a willingness to shoot,” Crowe said. “We were better with our possession and we first to the ball. The effort was just better.”

Up Next

The Lady Spartans (2-4-3 overall, 2-2-2 in league) will host winless Lowry (0-7 in league) at 5 p.m. Tuesday, in Spring Creek.


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Head coach Kami Crowe said the Spring Creek girls soccer team played its "best game of the year" in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Fallon, giving the Lady Spartans a four-game winning streak. Closing out the first half of the 3A North season, the Lady Spartans will play a crucial contest against Elko at 5 p.m. Friday, in Spring Creek. 

The Spring Creek girls soccer team played some good ball over the weekend but does not have any points to show for it. On Friday, Spring Creek battled defending regional champion South Tahoe to a 2-1 ballgame — also coming up short in a 1-0 match on Saturday, at Incline.

Following the Spring Creek girls soccer team's first win in program history over Truckee by a final score of 2-1 on Friday, the Lady Spartans weren't able to reproduce the magic Saturday in a 3-1 loss to North Tahoe. Senior night for the Lady Spartans will be celebrated when they face Sparks at 4 p.m. Friday, Spring Creek playing its home finale at noon Saturday versus North Valleys. 

After opening its weekend with a 3-0 shutout victory Friday over Sparks, the Spring Creek girls soccer team allowed two second-half goals to North Valleys during a 2-2 tie during a windy, rain-filled match Saturday. 

What a difference a game cane make. With some help from a loss and a tie by Incline, the Spring Creek girls soccer team jumped to third in the 3A North standings with a 1- victory Tuesday against Lowry. 

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