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Boys soccer: Toppers hold off Tigers, 3-2

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By Mike Cote

Playing for little more than to complete the stated goal of going undefeated in District 2AAAA, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team knocked off the Taos Tigers Saturday.

Los Alamos picked up three first-half goals and hung on through a late Taos rally to win 3-2 Saturday at Sullivan Field.

With the win, the Hilltoppers finished the 2AAAA season a spotless 7-0 (14-4 overall). A scheduled game a week earlier against Española Valley which was postponed due to weather won’t be made up — it would have had no meaningful impact on the district standings.

Saturday’s win over Taos wasn’t without some hiccups however. A slew of yellow cards were handed out by the officials, who let the game get completely out of control in the second half.

In all, eight yellow cards were handed out, six of them going to Taos. A pair of double-yellow cards were issued, although the second pair appeared to be issued for nothing more than incidental contact in front of the Taos goal.

Other than an early goal by Taos’ Conner O’Brien and a late goal by Taos’ Patrick Pacheco, the game was largely dictated by the Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers finished with 16 shots to just eight for the Tigers.


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