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Boy’s soccer picks up big win over Capital

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By Phil Scherer

The pressure was on the Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team heading into Saturday’s matchup on the road against Capital High School, and they responded with a 3-1 victory.

It was an important district win for the Hilltoppers, as Albuquerque Academy had defeated them 3-1 earlier in the week.

A loss against Capital would have dropped the Hilltoppers to 1-2 in district play.

Instead, LAHS is back in good shape, sitting at 2-1 in district play with momentum on their side heading into the second rotation of district games.

“We made an adjustment to bring more energy into the game and it worked,” LAHS head coach Ron Blue said. “We played together more. It was much better all around, and I appreciated that.”

After the teams played in the middle of the field for the majority of the early action, the Hilltoppers were able to take control in the 27th minute, as junior Arthur Steinkamp scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season to give LAHS a 1-0 lead.

“He has been outstanding for us,” Blue said. “When he is playing with that kind of energy, it’s really great.”

Capital was able to score right before the end of the half, however, as  Jaxson Martines made a save on a free kick attempt, but let the rebound bounce away from him and right to Capital forward Jonathon Gonzalez, who scored to tie the game 1-1.

The second half was controlled by the Hilltoppers, as the team was able to take the lead 2-1 in the 62nd minute on a goal by sophomore Dakota Duran, assisted by Christopher Blue.

The Hilltoppers were able to keep control following the tie-breaking goal, and added an insurance goal from freshman Samuel Cirigliano in the 78th minute, sealing the 3-1 Hilltopper victory.

The final two goals of the game for LAHS came from a freshman and a sophomore, something Blue was happy to see.

“They bring good energy,” Blue said. “That is what we have been asking to see from everyone. That is what we want.”

The team will now prepare for its second matchup with Albuquerque Academy Friday at home at 4 p.m.