Bosque tops LA in shootout

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By The Staff

The Bosque School Bobcats made it a boy-girl sweep over the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in a soccer doubleheader Tuesday in Albuquerque.
Los Alamos’ girls soccer team scored its first goal of the season in the second half to force overtime against Bosque’s Bobcats.
After two scoreless overtime periods, Bosque prevailed in a shootout 6-5 to take a 2-1 victory.
It was Los Alamos’ second loss to start 2013, although assistant coach Paul Criscuolo, filling in for absent head coach Jiri Kubicek, said he saw better performance from the Hilltoppers against Bosque than he saw in Saturday’s debut loss.
“We had some good improvements from the Farmington game,” said Criscuolo, who is a longtime assistant under Kubicek. “The girls were more physical, they passed the ball better. We still have things to work out. We have a new lineup and we’re trying to create a better energy level.”
Los Alamos, which was shut out 2-0 at home against Farmington, got some better offensive movement against Bosque, a quality small school.
Los Alamos actually outshot Bosque by a healthy 23-7 margin for the contest, although Criscuolo said only 10 of those shots were on goal.
Charlotte Leonard had a good game for the Hilltoppers (0-2) up top, scoring the team’s lone goal in the second half on an assist from Julia Haagenstad. Leonard also converted a penalty kick in the shootout, which featured nine total shooters for each team.
Bosque paid special attention to sophomore forward Catie McDonald, much like Farmington did Saturday, keeping four fullbacks back with two of them assigned to keep an eye on her.
Los Alamos, which plays again Thursday when it hosts Moriarty, still wants to see overall discipline improve.
“The girls need more confidence in each other,” Criscuolo said. “It’s a new season and there’s a lot of younger people — this is the first time I remember that half the team is new. When we played our positions right and we held our shape, we dominated the game.”