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LA blanks Santa Fe in 2-4A

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Girls soccer: Neal scores twice, has 2 assists Saturday

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team upped its District 2-4A record to 2-0 with a shutout win Saturday against Santa Fe.
Hilltopper Amy Neal scored a pair of goals, one in each half, and earned assists on the other two goals as the Hilltoppers cruised to a 4-0 victory over Santa Fe’s Demons Saturday.
Los Alamos, which has had a busy schedule of late, will get a whole week off from competition. It won’t play again until Saturday when it hosts Capital, another District 2-4A opponent.
Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said he could tell his team was feeling the effects of a tough two-week stretch.
“There were just a lot of tired bodies out there, that’s all it is,” said Kubicek. “We had nine games in 15 days and it showed.”
Los Alamos started out a little sluggish in the first half. While it dominated Santa Fe (3-8 overall, 0-1 in 2-4A) throughout, things were in low gear for a good portion of the opening half.
Neal, who now has 20 goals and 11 assists on the season, broke the scoreless tie about 15 minutes in on a breakaway chance. Neal scored on a second breakaway in the second half, aided by Emily Funsten.
Jennifer Paul received a pass from Neal in the corner at the 25-minute mark for a goal, upping the Hilltoppers’ advantage to 2-0. Meghan McDonald added another goal late in the contest off another assist from Neal.
Los Alamos (10-3) opened the 2-4A season with a 4-0 victory over Bernalillo Tuesday. Should it beat Capital, a team Los Alamos has never lost to in district play, it would be within striking distance of claiming its fifth straight district title.
Kubicek said his team was preparing to play Saturday’s game on artificial turf, but was thrown a curveball by Santa Fe when the game was moved to a grass field.