Boys soccer: ´Toppers pick up big shutout victory at home

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By Mike Cote

With things getting nearly out of control in the second half, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team managed to keep its composure and cruise to a solid win.
The visiting Piedra Vista Panthers were slapped with three hard red cards in an eight-minute span Thursday, two for blatantly aggressive play and the other for misconduct, as the team imploded.
There was more than a little bit of hard feelings, but the Hilltoppers managed to keep the cooler heads despite the overly-aggressive – and in a couple of cases, downright dirty play – by the Panthers.
In Thursday’s game at Sullivan Field, Los Alamos controlled the contest virtually from the outset, leaving little more than table scraps for the Panthers, to pick up a 3-0 win in an important interdistrict Class AAAA contest.
Paul Hemez, David Wyman and Andy Thoma all earned goals Thursday, while Piedra Vista managed just two relatively harmless shots-on-goal in the second half.
Los Alamos, which hopes it turned a big corner after taking a top Class 5A school, Eldorado, to overtime a week earlier, has put together a pair of convincing wins back-to-back – it vanquished Santa Fe 6-0 Saturday – heading into the first of two crucial District 2AAAA games with Capital this Saturday.

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