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Girl’s soccer defeats Del Norte

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By Phil Scherer

The Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team got off to a good start in district play, defeating Del Norte High School 2-0 at Sullivan Field Saturday morning.

The game got started more than an hour later than expected, as heavy rain and lightning kept the players off the field.

Once they got started, however, it didn’t take long for the Hilltoppers to take control.

Just seven minutes into the game, LAHS got on the scoreboard.

Alyssa Parker took a shot from the left side of the field. The Del Norte goalkeeper, Jazzmine Herrera, stopped the shot, but the deflection came right to Elsa Gram, who buried the ball in the back of the net to put the Hilltoppers up 1-0.

Throughout the game, Parker and Gram were able to consistently run past the Del Norte defenders, setting up quality scoring opportunities and keeping the Hilltoppers in control.

LAHS goalkeeper Ashley Atencio came up with numerous big saves throughout the first half to keep her team in front.

There may have been none bigger than a pair of stops in the 11th minute, when she lunged to the left to make one save, then quickly pivoted to the right to stop the redirection.

The Hilltoppers kept most of the possession in the first half, but the Del Norte keeper made great saves to keep her team in the game, despite playing through apparent leg injuries throughout the game.

Her best save came midway through the half, when it appeared that Alix Hailey would have an easy goal into an empty net.

The keeper made a quick dive to the right and tipped the ball just enough to send it wide of the net.

Right before the end of the first half, Jaci Linn made the score 2-0 in favor of the Hilltoppers.

Her shot from 15 yards away looked like it would be saved, but it snuck right past the goalkeeper and into the bottom right corner of the net.

As lightning neared the stadium again in the 67th minute, another weather delay was called, forcing a stoppage of at least 30 minutes.

Instead of waiting out the delay and finishing the game, the coaches agreed to end the game early with a 2-0 LAHS victory, extending the Hilltoppers’ unbeaten streak to five games.

The team is now 11-3-1 this season, and will prepare to face Capital High School Saturday on the road at 6 p.m.