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For the third time in a calendar year, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team met the Roswell Coyotes.
And for the third time, the Coyotes prevailed.
The Coyotes, who won the Class 4A state championship in 2013, topping the Hilltoppers in the semifinals en route to the crown, showed off their potent attack Saturday in the semifinals of the Louie Cernicek Invitational.
However, Los Alamos goalkeeper Chris Parker was up to the task for most the meeting.
The two teams went into overtime, but in the second overtime period, Roswell’s Chris Mesquita crushed a left-footer just inside the far post to give his team a 2-1 win and get the Coyotes to their second straight Cernicek tournament final.
Saturday evening’s tournament championship game hadn’t been completed as of press time.
The Coyotes won the Cernicek tournament in 2013, topping Los Alamos 6-2 in the championship.
Los Alamos had a 1-man advantage for much of the contest. At the 26-minute mark, Roswell forward Anthony Valadez was slapped with a red card for running over Parker near the goal mouth, negating an apparent Coyote goal.
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