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Controversial goal helps St. Pius X shut out LA, 2-0

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Girls soccer: Sartans allow the ’Toppers few chances during Friday’s contest

By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE — In a contest mired by both the weather and controversy, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was downed by the St. Pius X Sartans Friday afternoon.
Friday’s contest at Sartan Field pitted the two top-ranked teams in the state against one another, the Hilltoppers coming in as the No. 1 team in Class 4A and the Sartans No. 2.
But midway through the second half, St. Pius got a quick-strike goal following a throw-in. Los Alamos’ Cassidy Reeves purposely booted a ball out of bounds after a player got injured on the field.
The custom in soccer is, in that circumstance, the opposing team returns the ball to the team that kicked the ball out of bounds. St. Pius, however, used the opportunity to attack the Hilltopper goal and scored in the 56th minute.
St. Pius would tack on a second goal in the 64th minute, converting a penalty kick. St. Pius would go on to pick up the 2-0 victory.
The game ended with the coaches on both sides snapping at each other over St. Pius’ first goal – returning the ball in that instance is customary and considered good sportsmanship but is not a rule.
The Hilltoppers were clearly frustrated following the loss.


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