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Although the Albuquerque Academy Chargers appear to be as good as advertised, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers gave them all they could handle Tuesday afternoon.
The Hilltopper boys soccer team held the Chargers scoreless until the waning minutes of regulation. The lone goal of the game, scored in the 72nd minute, gave Academy a 1-0 victory at Richard Harper Memorial Field.
It was a disappointing loss for Los Alamos, especially after manufacturing some scoring chances in the contest, but Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said his team has nothing to hang its head about.
“We kept them at bay for most of the game,” he said. “That’s a pretty big confidence boost for our boys, to hang around with the top team in the state. That will help us out in the long run.”
Academy boasts one of the most feared offenses in the state, having scored three goals or more in four games this season, so far, but the Hilltopper defense was up to the challenge Tuesday.
It wasn’t until the latter portion of the second half that the Chargers started to make inroads against the Hilltopper defense. For a nearly 10-minute-long stretch in the second half the Chargers kept the ball on the Hilltoppers’ side of the field with their defense, which had been stellar up to that point, struggling to clear.
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