LA could have tough road to state title game

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Girls soccer: PV has pair of talented forwards ’Toppers must account for

By Mike Cote

Having a week off can be a blessing heading into the playoffs, or it can be a mixed blessing.
Whether a week’s worth of rest turns out to be the former or the latter for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team remains to be seen.
On the one hand for the Hilltoppers, who will open the 2011 state Class 4A playoffs Thursday morning, they have had plenty of time to iron out some details. Their last game of the regular season was Oct. 22 and have nearly two weeks to get their game in top form.
But time off from competition can mean rust. It can also mean momentum gained during the regular season can be lost.
In Los Alamos’ case, the two bugaboos of having time off could come into play. Los Alamos closed out the regular season winning five games in a row and 10 out of 11.
But Jiri Kubicek, the 20-year veteran head coach of the Hilltoppers, has been in this position more than once and can generally stave off the problems associated with idleness. Last week, the Hilltoppers played three game-like simulations, two against the Hilltopper sub-varsity boys teams and an intrasquad contest in an attempt to keep skills sharp.

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