Boys soccer: Toppers pick up big win vs. district champ Taos

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By Mike Cote

TAOS — In its quest to regain the District 2AAAA heavyweight belt, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team needed to rough up the champ.

Round one to the Hilltoppers.

Los Alamos trailed for a good portion of Tuesday’s game at Anaya Field, but a pair of second-half goals by team captain Michael Leslie gave Los Alamos a big 3-2 district road win.

Leslie scored off a corner kick by Jason Reagor in the second half to give the Hilltoppers their lone lead of the contest, blasting a shot inside the left post after the corner kick dropped almost right at his feet.

Taos’ Tigers. playing their first 2AAAA contest of 2008, are the defending district champion, a title they grabbed largely on the strength of a stunning win at Los Alamos in 2007. Los Alamos would steal the second game of the home-and-home series at Taos late that season, a game that might have cost it a trip to the playoffs had it lost.

But Tuesday’s win on the road gives the Hilltoppers a big boost and full control of the District 2AAAA race.

“It’s a good start,” Leslie said after the contest. “We still have to beat (Taos) at home and Capital away. That’s always a challenge for us. Those will be our biggest games.”

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