Girls soccer: LA takes Invite crown

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By Mike Cote

So far, so good.

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team didn’t waste much time in getting into the win column, knocking off three Class AAAA teams from District 1 to take the Farmington Invitational team title.

Los Alamos thumped Piedra Vista in its tournament opener Friday, 3-0, then shut out the Aztec Tigers 1-0 in a nootime game Saturday. In the championship game against the host Farmington Scorpions, the Hilltoppers scored the only goal of the second half to win 2-1 and take the tournament title.

Beating three AAAA teams playing in their corner of the state is a good way to get the season off on the right foot.

“It was great,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “I’m glad we came out here and did this. Now we have an idea for the future if we play them what we’re looking at.”

Saturday was a rough day for the Hilltoppers (3-0), who had to pick up their two wins the hard way.

Los Alamos and Aztec played on the artificial turf of Hutchinson Stadium in 100-degree temperatures. Only a few short hours later, Los Alamos had to bounce back and take on Farmington.

Senior forward Maneesha Chitanvis scored four goals for the Hilltoppers in the three games. For her scoring efforts, Chitanvis was named the Player of the Tournament.

Junior Saya Shimada was named to the All-Tournament Team as well. Shimada scored the other two goals for the Hilltoppers.

The only thing Kubicek said he wasn’t terribly pleased with was the number of goals made by his squad compared to the number of shots taken. In all three games, the Hilltoppers had double-digit advantages in shots.

In the title game, Los Alamos led 1-0 in the first half, but a defensive error gave Farmington a breakaway chance that it took advantage of to tie the score before the half.

Los Alamos will have a chance to take four straight against AAAA competition when it travels to Moriarty Tuesday. That game will kick off at 4:30 p.m.

Kubicek said Moriarty has historically given his team a run for its money. Los Alamos topped Moriarty in the teams’ 2007 regular season meeting 2-0 at Sullivan Field.