Boys soccer: Toppers blank Jags 4-0 Tuesday

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By Mike Cote

SANTA FE — On a cold, damp field on which it has struggled the past two seasons, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team cleared its final big hurdle to returning the top of District 2AAAA.

And it did so in dominant fashion.

The Hilltoppers trounced the Capital Jaguars 4-0 Tuesday night at Jaguar Field, putting them just one win away from recapturing the District 2AAAA championship they felt they squandered in 2007.

Los Alamos had lost on two straight trips to Jaguar Field, including a 2-1 shootout loss last season that would ultimately cost it the district championship.

The fast artificial surface on the field had generally been considered by Los Alamos as the big culprit in the two losses, with Los Alamos struggling to keep its passes under control, the most vital element of its patient attack strategy.

For Tuesday’s trip, the Hilltoppers prepared a little differently.

“Coach took us to the tennis courts and we played on a really small square,” Hilltopper captain Will Schoonover said. “We did a lot of 1- or 2-touches…that got us ready for this game.”

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