Girls soccer: LA advances to 4A title game but falls in finale to Academy

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ALBUQUERQUE — An improbable run through the state Class AAAA playoffs came to an end for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team, exactly the way it had for each of the previous two seasons.
Los Alamos, the No. 6 seed in the AAAA postseason, upended a pair of tough opponents in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the playoffs, but couldn’t overcome the final, biggest hurdle, falling to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Saturday morning.
The Chargers scores three times in the first half of Saturday’s game at Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex and held on to win 3-1.
Los Alamos’ Amy Neal, who was one of the standout performers of the entire tournament, scored the team’s lone goal late, but it wouldn’t be enough to spark the comeback the team would need.
It was a strange season in 2010 for many reasons, not the least of which was having both Los Alamos and St. Pius X, fixtures in the AAAA final four, both seeded lower than usual — St. Pius’ Sartans were the No. 5 seed going in.
However, Los Alamos, St. Pius and Academy, as is almost invariably the case, all made it through the semifinal round despite the seeding.
But the Chargers were the without a doubt the dominant force in the classification in 2010 and proved it with the victory Saturday.

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