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The District 2-4A boys soccer title will be on the line this afternoon when the Los Alamos Hilltoppers host the Capital Jaguars.
Today’s game at Sullivan Field is the regular season finale for the Hilltoppers, who will be looking for an upset victory over the Jaguars, along with some revenge for a shutout loss earlier this month.
Los Alamos (9-10) dropped a 1-0 decision to Capital (11-5) Oct. 5 at Jaguar Field.
The win boosted the Jaguars up to the No. 1 position in the 2-4A standings, which they haven’t relinquished.
In that contest, senior Jason Alarcon, who has given the Hilltoppers fits all throughout his prep career, scored the lone goal for the Jaguars 24 minutes into the first half. The Hilltoppers adjusted their defense afterward, marking Alarcon with Skyler Veenis, who held Alarcon largely in check for the balance of the contest.
But due to that loss, the pressure today is squarely on the shoulders of Los Alamos.
To wrench the title outright from Capital, which has lost just one game on the field all season, the other four losses being early season forfeits, Los Alamos must win by at least two goals.
Should Los Alamos prevail by one goal and Santa Fe doesn’t pull off an upset in Capital’s season finale Saturday, the district’s tiebreaking procedures would kick in and those don’t fall in the Hilltoppers’ favor heading in.
Los Alamos won’t be going into today’s game on a high note, however. Saturday, the Hilltoppers were thumped by the Piedra Vista Panthers 4-0 in Farmington, that shutout loss coming on the heels of a 3-0 shutout victory by the Hilltoppers over the Santa Fe Demons to keep themselves in a position to vie for the district crown.
The two teams met under identical circumstances in 2012, that game played in Santa Fe, with the Hilltoppers coming back from an early 1-0 deficit, scoring twice in the 11th and 12th minutes, both goals provided by Henry Steinkamp, to win 2-1.
Today’s game will also be Los Alamos’ final chance to make a case for a good seed in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs. The soccer brackets will be released Sunday.
The Capital-Los Alamos boys game is the first of a doubleheader with a Capital-Los Alamos girls game.
Los Alamos’ girls have already clinched the 2013 district title.