Girls soccer: Toppers nab 2-4A title

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team clinched another District 2AAAA title Tuesday with a shutout victory over the Santa Fe Demons.
Los Alamos jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one half of play Tuesday in Santa Fe and coasted to a 4-0 victory at Ivan Head Stadium. The win gave Los Alamos its sixth straight District 2AAAA title.
It has not lost a district contest since that time.
“We won the district and that guarantees us a spot in state,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “We need to finish the rest of the season on a high note.”
The Hilltoppers will have ample opportunity to do just that. Following their district finale against Capital next week, the Hilltoppers still have nondistrict dates with Class AAA St. Michael’s and, more importantly, Class AAAA Aztec.
The Aztec game could have impact on the seeding for the 2010 state playoffs. Los Alamos still has a decent shot at grabbing a top-four seeding, which would give it a bye into the quarterfinals, but unlike most years, that top-four seed is hardly a sure thing.
Against Santa Fe, the newest member of District 2AAAA, Los Alamos (8-9 overall, 5-0 in 2AAAA) made a push through its stacked defense midway through the first half. Shannon Blair broke the scoreless tie at about the 20-minute mark, while Amy Neal and Naomi Movshovich also put in goals later in the half.
Movshovich scored the only goal of the second half midway through. Both of her goals came on breakaway chances.
Despite scoring four times against 10 Demon defenders in or around the penalty box, Kubicek said there were still plenty of missed opportunities that he’d hoped his team could’ve taken better advantage of.
To prepare for the final three contests of the regular season, Kubicek said he hoped to schedule a workout against the junior varsity boys team, something he likes to do at the end of the year to keep the team’s intensity level up — Los Alamos’ district contests are almost always dreary, one-sided affairs.