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The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys junior varsity soccer team was nipped by the St. Pius X Sartans last week.
Los Alamos fell to St. Pius in their game in Albuquerque by a final of 2-1.
Against St. Pius, Los Alamos took an early 1-0 lead with Kurt Schramm scoring from 30 yards out on a direct kick which slipped through the Sartan goalkeeper’s hands.
The Sartans would tie the score later in the first half, then score what would be the game winner with just two seconds remaining in that half.
The two goals scored against Hilltopper goalkeeper Dallin Parker were the first two goals he had allowed all season.
The first St. Pius goal was a 20-yard direct kick that Parker nabbed, but his defense was unable to clear the ball after the initial stop and St. Pius retook possession and scored on the next sequence.
Los Alamos had chances to add to its lead in the first half, with Dominic Lucido and Ryan Kniss playing well for the Hilltoppers in the midfield. Los Alamos put five shots-on-goal in the first half, but all five shot attempts were stopped.
Both teams played even in the second half. Although the Hilltoppers had some chances to tie the score, they were unable to find the net.
Los Alamos had a golden opportunity in the waning minutes of regulation. In the 76th minute, Nick Baker elevated in front of the goal to get a head on a corner kick, but Baker’s attempt was knocked away on a diving stop by St. Pius’ goalkeeper.