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Girls soccer: Hilltoppers defeat Capital to end regular season

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In the regular season finale, the Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer team did exactly what it needed, defeating Capital High School 6-0.
The win gives them a boost heading into the upcoming state tournament, which begins next weekend. The Hilltoppers are currently ranked fifth in Class 5A.
If that ranking holds, the team would host a first-round tournament game at Sullivan Field for the right to advance to the quarterfinals.
Head coach Ann Cernicek believes her team has made great progress this season, but still has some work to do to compete with the best in the state.
“I think with this team, we have all the big things figured out,” Cernicek said. “Now it’s just the little things that we need to do consistently.”
It was a slow start for the Hilltoppers against Capital, a team that has struggled since district play began.
Though LAHS was able to keep control of the ball without much difficulty in the early going, the team was unable to get much going toward the net, as Capital did a good job of clearing away attempts at long passes through the middle of the field
Elsa Gram was able to break through for the Hilltoppers in the 22nd minute, as Alyssa Parker took one of LAHS’s 18 corner kicks, bouncing it right off of Gram’s stomach and into the back of the net. LAHS led 1-0.
Alix Hailey scored a second goal for LAHS four minutes later, as she received the ball in the middle of the field, dribbled around two defenders, as well as the goalkeeper, and tapped it into the back of the net, giving her team a 2-0 lead it carried into halftime.
Despite the lead, Cernicek felt her team struggled in the early going, as its execution was lacking on offense.
“We are getting a lot of shots, “ Cernicek said. “I’d be more worried if we weren’t getting the number of shots. But now the next step is converting more of those shots.”
LAHS had no problem holding, and extending, the lead in the second half, as Vianey Terrazas scored in the 58th minute, and Hailey added her second goal of the game in the 73rd minute.
Peyton Hobbs scored a final goal in the 79th minute, as the Hilltoppers rolled to a 6-0 victory.
The team finishes the regular season with a record of 14-5-1, and 4-2 in district play.
The team’s only district losses came against Albuquerque Academy, the top team in Class 5A.
The focus for the Hilltoppers now shifts to the state tournament, where Cernicek hopes everything will come together for her team.
“Hopefully, we get a bye in the tournament,” Cernicek said. “If we don’t, then we get another game, and that will be good for us.”
LAHS will find out its state tournament fate this weekend. No matter who her team ends up facing, Cernicek has faith that her girls will find a way to compete.
“This team has risen to the occasion against every team,” Cernicek said. “We have seen such a diverse set of teams, and have played in so many different types of games, so I really feel like this team can step up against any opponent that we will face in 5A.”