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A long, grinding week got off to a rough start for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team Tuesday night.
The Hilltoppers got through an initial offensive push by the La Cueva Bears Tuesday at Sullivan Field, taking an early lead. But the Bears scored twice later in the first half and twice more in the second half. The Hilltoppers earned a late goal in the contest, but it wasn’t enough as the Bears held on for a 4-3 victory.
The Bears, ranked No. 4 in last week’s Class 5A coaches’ poll, had the Hilltoppers back on their heels for most of the contest.
Despite scoring three goals, the Hilltoppers (6-2) weren’t able to mount much of a sustained attack Tuesday.
Two of the goals came on corner kicks and the other came following a centering pass from Amy Neal under heavy pressure by La Cueva’s Casie Boren.
Neal, the leading scorer in Class 4A, had seen very little defense geared toward stopping her this season before Tuesday. But Boren and a rotating corps of defenders marked her closely through, relegating her mostly to runs down the sidelines and kept her away from the middle of the field.
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