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The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was again routed Friday, but this time by a team it really wanted to beat.
The Hilltoppers fell on the road Friday to the top-ranked Albuquerque Academy Chargers. The Chargers ran away with the big Class AAAA contest, 5-1.
This was the first time in three seasons the Chargers scored a victory over the Hilltoppers during the regular season, although, the Chargers bounced back in each of the previous two seasons to top the Hilltoppers in the state championship game.
Friday’s win for Academy (8-2) was its fourth of the season by at least four goals. Los Alamos’ lone goal kept it from being Academy’s fifth shutout victim in 2010.
Things didn’t go well from the get-go for Los Alamos, giving up a goal in the early seconds and three more before halftime.
“We went down 4-0 at halftime and the game’s over,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We could not create any chances. We had some chances in the second half, but with a 4-0 lead, they relaxed.”
Laura Wendelberger scored in the second half to stave off a shutout, receiving a good crossing pass from Cassidy Reeves.
The Hilltoppers (3-7) have lost seven of their last eight contests and have scored just four goals in those losses. More importantly, the Hilltoppers fall to 2-2 on the season against AAAA competition.
Los Alamos will open District 2AAAA play Tuesday when it travels to Bernalillo.
\Despite its recent struggles, Los Alamos is still a solid favorite to win its fifth straight district crown going away. None of the other 2AAAA squads are expected to give Los Alamos much of a run for its money for the title.
But Kubicek points out that there are still several tough regular season games left for the team, including a date this week with Class 5A Eldorado.
“We have to go back to the basics,” he said. “We have to work hard and see if we can turn this thing around. (Academy) has more talent, but if we’re missing skills, we need to work hard to make up for it. We need to be aggressive, play hard and we’re not doing it.”