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The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got its 2012 season started with a bang Saturday afternoon.
The Hilltoppers scored four goals in the second half of their season opener with the Farmington Scorpions. Freshman Catie McDonald earned the first hat-trick of her prep career and senior Amy Neal scored a pair of goals and assisted McDonald with all three of her goals as the Hilltoppers won in a rout, 6-0 on the road.
Los Alamos, which was much quicker up top than were the Scorpions, fixed itself up with several 1-on-1 scoring opportunities and took advantage.
Due to some absences, the Hilltoppers went into the game playing short-handed — Los Alamos only kept 16 players on its preseason roster — but their sub-varsity call-ups for the game came through against the Scorpions (0-1) under toasty conditions at Hutchison Stadium.
“Some of the JV players stepped up and played very well,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “I could not be pleased more with the first game of the season.”
Kubicek said his team’s marking wasn’t where it should be and he would’ve liked to see a better overall contest out of his midfield, but he said he didn’t seen any unfixable problems.
McDonald, the lone underclassman on the team’s regular roster, got free on several breakaway chances and Neal, the team’s superstar, found her on three 1-on-1 chances.
McDonald got loose deep in Farmington territory and put a shot into the far corner in the 19th minute to break the scoreless tie. She would score her other two goals in the second half on breakaway chances.
Neal tacked on a goal early in the second half, about a minute after McDonald’s second goal of the game, and put away a 1-on-1 chance late in the second half off an assist from Kristin Funsten.
Caroline Schramm, one of the team’s JV call-ups, had a goal in the 35th minute, putting the Hilltoppers up 2-0 at the time. Meghan McDonald was credited with the assist on that goal, a scramble in front of the Farmington net. Christina Moore picked up the assist on Neal’s 44th-minute goal.
Defensively, Bryce Theesfeld made two saves for the Hilltoppers, who will host Bosque School in their home opener Tuesday at Sullivan Field.
Los Alamos ended up with 14 shots Saturday. Farmington’s Ellae Montoya finished with 8 saves.