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´Toppers blank top-ranked Chargers Saturday

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Girls soccer: Neal scores twice, has an assist as LA rolls to big win

By Mike Cote

A hot start to the 2011 season had some whispering that this could be the year for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team to knock off the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
Those whispers could get considerably louder now.
The Hilltoppers, who didn’t have the greatest week coming into Saturday’s contest, losing two straight to a pair of quality opponents, picked up a huge win over their arch-rival Chargers. Forward Amy Neal scored goals in both halves and Katie Hemphill scored near the midpoint of the first half as the Hilltoppers shut out the Chargers, 3-0.
Academy went into Saturday’s contest at Sullivan Field as the No. 1 ranked team in the state. It is also the three-time defending Class 4A champions, victimizing Los Alamos in each of the last three state championship games.
Saturday’s victory was the second of the season for the Hilltoppers over the Chargers — they also faced off a week earlier, with Los Alamos taking a 2-1 overtime victory.
“It feels really good. We know we can beat them,” said Neal, who earned an assist on Hemphill’s 17-minute goal, which put Los Alamos up 2-0. “We’re better than them when we try to be.”


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