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LA boys outlast Los Lunas in quarterfinals

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE — The onus was on the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team’s defense to slow down the top scorer in Class 4A.
    And, aside for a breakaway early in the second half, the Hilltoppers were up to the task.
Los Alamos limited the touches of Los Lunas striker Alejandro Garcia for much of Thursday’s Class 4A quarterfinal. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers struck twice, once in the first half and once in the second half, to earn a 2-1 victory over Los Lunas’ Tigers.
Los Alamos’ semifinal contest was scheduled for this afternoon at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex against second-seeded Chaparral.
It was a rough game, however, with neither team being able to connect passes on their offensive ends.
Prior to the win, the Hilltoppers had been on a layoff since Oct. 23. Los Alamos goalkeeper Chris Parker said the time off had an effect on the team.
“We didn’t play as well as we should’ve,” he said. “I’m grateful the team was able to pull this off and have another day at state.”


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