Hilltoppers win big in 2-4A openers

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Soccer: LA boys, girls win by a combined 24-3 against Spartans

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams cruised to victory in their District 2-4A season opening doubleheader Tuesday.
Los Alamos’ teams both won by double-digit margins Tuesday, with the Hilltopper boys topping the Bernalillo Spartans 13-3 in the opener and the Hilltopper girls taking an 11-0 nightcap victory in a game that was over by halftime.
The Spartans, who have won just one game between the two teams this season, were overmatched from the outset, although the boys team did earn two goals in the first half. The Hilltopper boys, however, scored seven goals in the first 40 minutes.
In the boys game, five Hilltoppers scored multiple goals, including Cooper Christensen, who tallied a hat trick and had an assist on top of that. Rohun Iyer, named by the Hilltopper coaching staff as the Player of the Game Tuesday, had a pair of goals — including one ripped from 24 yards away — and an assist.
Also scoring multiple goals were Collin Stone, Ryan Maestas and Henry Steinkamp. Steinkamp had a pair of assists, while Dallin Parker had three assists to go along with one goal.
Michael Maestas had a goal, Ryan Maestas finished with three assists, and Nick Thoma and Cameron Guy both had one assist.
Los Alamos’ 13 goals were more than it had scored in the previous eight games put together.
Tyler Mullen played the first 40 minutes in goal and was relieved by Chris Parker in the second half. Mullen was credited with 3 saves and Parker 1 save.
Last season, Los Alamos (7-5 overall, 1-0 in 2-4A) finished 5-1 in district play, losing what ended up being the de facto district title game to Capital. This season, Los Alamos, Capital and Santa Fe could duke it out for the top spot in 2-4A.
The Hilltoppers will face Santa Fe’s Demons (10-3), who were a 5-2 victor over Grants Tuesday, in the first game of another boys-girls doubleheader Saturday at Sullivan Field.
Los Alamos’ girls aren’t expected to have much trouble claiming their sixth straight district title in 2012, with the other three teams in 2-4A having won a combined five games.
Tuesday, the Hilltoppers scored three goals in about a minute of play and had a 7-0 lead after 10 minutes when Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek started subbing in liberally.
“We could’ve scored many more goals. It was very one-sided,” Kubicek said. “(The Spartans) were not very strong. They have a lot of new kids in the program and it showed.”
Los Alamos’ girls (9-1, 1-0) were once again paced by Amy Neal, who earned 3 goals and 3 assists in short order. Neal, who is among the top scorers in all of New Mexico, was one of three Hilltoppers to pick up multiple goals and four Hilltoppers to pick up multiple assists.
Catie McDonald had 2 goals and 2 assists while Leslie Guarello had 2 goals and 3 assists. Julia Haagenstaad had a pair of assists and a goal to go along with it.
Also scoring Tuesday were Laura Wendelberger, Jordan Ahlers and Stephanie Blair. Chandler Art was credited with an assist.
Elena Atenico, starting in goal instead of Bryce Theesfeld, picked up the shutout victory. No Bernalillo shots came her way.
Los Alamos will play Santa Fe (3-6) in the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader. Santa Fe lost a 2-1 decision to Moriarty Sept. 6 — the Hilltoppers routed the Pintos in late August.
“We’ll see, Santa Fe is going to be a much better team,” Kubicek said. “But we should do OK.”
The Hilltopper girls haven’t lost a district game since 2006.