The Tomah High School boys soccer team is still struggling against the more experienced teams in the Mississippi Valley Conference.

Sparta scored on a penalty kick in the 12th minute, and it set the stage for an 8-1 victory over the Timberwolves Tuesday at Veterans Field.

Tomah coach Scott Conzemius was impressed with a Sparta team that improved its MVC record to 7-3-0 and still has an outside chance of winning the MVC title after league-leading West Salem suffered its first MVC loss of the season Tuesday.

“All credit to Sparta for their win last night,” Conzemius said. “They applied good pressure on our back line, specifically as we were trying to transition to offense.”

Devin Gebhardt, assisted by Roland Hockstedler, scored Tomah’s only goal. Tomah goalkeeper Nolan Stees made 12 saves.

Conzemius described the Timberwolves as “flat” against a Sparta team ready to attack the net from the opening whistle.

“As a team we didn’t move well together, and that made it easier for Sparta to apply pressure,” he said. “We didn’t respond to the pressure well. The guys never quit, but our lack of seasoned varsity veterans was clear.”

Turner Sund scored a hat trick to lead the Sparta offense. Wally Barros and Bret Von Ruden scored two goals each.

Tomah’s overall record fell to 1-11.

The Timberwolves’ next home match is Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Onalaska. The home finale is Tuesday, Oct. 10 against La Crosse Aquinas. Both matches start at 5 p.m. at Veterans Field.

MVC BOYS SOCCER

West Salem 8-1-1

Holmen 7-0-3

Sparta 7-3-0

Onalaska 5-3-2

Logan 5-5-0

Central 3-7-0

Tomah 1-9-0

Aquinas 1-9-0

Results of Sept. 26

Sparta 8 Tomah 1

Holmen 6 West Salem 0

Logan 2 Onalaska 1

Central 2 Aquinas 0

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