Hilltoppers, Scorpions top Cernicek Invite lineup

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By Mike Cote

The two most recent winners of the Louie Cernicek Invitational tournament could be on a collision course in the 2013 model.
Los Alamos’ boys soccer team will host the 17th annual Louie Cernicek Invitational, which starts Friday. Along with Los Alamos, which won it all last season, several solid schools will also participate this weekend.
Among the favorites of the tournament is Farmington, which has enjoyed its best run of success in school history in the last few years. Farmington, which won the 2009 and 2011 state championship and finished as the runner-up in Class 4A last season, is on the opposite side of the eight-team tournament bracket as the Hilltoppers and may be the team to beat on the bottom half.
Farmington, however, won’t be able to rely on the services of Jeremy Klepac, one of the most dangerous offensive players in 4A in the previous two seasons who scored what appeared to be the game-winner in last year’s Cernicek championship contest — beating a trio of Hilltopper defenders to do so — until Ben Stewart came through with the equalizer deep in stoppage time to force overtime and ultimately help the Hilltoppers to a 2-1 victory in the first OT period.

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