Boys soccer: LA knocked out in semis

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Academy holds on after two quick goals in first half

By Mike Cote

BERNALILLO — With a No. 2 seed and coming off a big win in its previous game, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team had high hopes heading into Thursday’s Class AAAA semifinal.

But those hopes were dashed quickly by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.

The Chargers scored a pair of first-half goals and were content to play a stalemate contest with the Hilltoppers the rest of the way, take a 2-0 decision at the State Farm Soccer Complex.

The win advanced the Chargers to this afternoon’s state tournament final against the St. Pius X Sartans, 4-0 winners over fifth-seeded Academy. The loss for the Hilltoppers ends their 2008 campaign at 16 wins, 6 losses.

“We were having a great season, but not getting to the championship is disappointing,” Hilltopper senior captain Mike Leslie said. “For me, every year we’ve gotten to the semis and been knocked out.”

Things were looking rosy for Los Alamos heading into Thursday’s game. Following a sluggish performance in the first game of World Cup pool play last week, Los Alamos crushed Grants 6-1 and appeared to be firing on all cylinders heading in.

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