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It was a rough evening Tuesday for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams as they took on a tough competitor from Class 5A.
Los Alamos’ teams were waxed in both their contests against the Volcano Vista Hawks. Los Alamos’ girls, playing at home, fell 7-0 to the Hawks, while the Hilltoppers boys were blasted 8-1 in Albuquerque.
In Albuquerque, the Hilltoppers (6-8) couldn’t do much to stop the Hawks in the first half, allowing five goals in the first 40 minutes. The Hilltoppers finally got on the board in the second half with a goal by Jairo Marquez.
Volcano Vista (7-4) got its eight goals from six different players. CJ Slough and Calvin Payne both scored twice for Volcano Vista, while Andrew Luca and Samuel Benally both earned a pair of assists.
The Hilltoppers finished the night with four shots-on-goal.
Things weren’t any better at Sullivan Field Tuesday night.
Los Alamos, playing without several starters, including Catie McDonald and Chandler Art due to card situations, couldn’t match up with the Hawks’ potent offense.
Claire Lynch, despite being one of the smallest players in Class 5A, is the Hawks’ leading scorer and she showed why she holds that title. Lynch finished with two goals in Tuesday night’s game, while Hannah Fenske added two goals and two assists.
Los Alamos (4-9) didn’t get a shot off in the game and one of the few good runs it had at the Volcano Vista goal came with under a minute remaining in regulation.
There were a few bright spots for the Hilltopper girls, however. After the initial onslaught by the Hawks (10-2), Los Alamos’ defense settled in and didn’t allow another goal until the 48-minute mark.
Kaitlin Lemke, the Hilltoppers’ No. 2 goalkeeper, filling in for the injured starter Elena Atencio, left early in the first half and was replaced by junior varsity call-up Katya Skurikhin, a freshman.
Skurikhin finished the game, earning four saves. She stopped a pair of tough shots, including a Lynch shot toward the far post that she had to sprint to her extreme left to stop.
“She’s our future,” Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said of Skurikhin. “We’re going to have to start using her. She does a good job, but when she makes a mistake, she gets down on herself.”
Tuesday’s games were the start of a busy week around the Hilltopper soccer teams.
Both teams have three scheduled games, the second of which is Thursday against La Cueva – the boys will host the Bears and the girls will be in Albuquerque.
Saturday, however, Los Alamos’ boys will meet the Capital Jaguars in Santa Fe. That game will decide early control of District 2-4A.
The Jaguars (6-5) have won six of their last seven contests after having to forfeit their first four games of the season for using ineligible players. They won again Tuesday at Bernalillo, besting the Spartans 3-0 in what was their first District 2-4A contest of the season.
Los Alamos’ girls aren’t expected to have much trouble with the Jaguar girls (5-5) when those two teams meet Saturday at 11 a.m., right before the boys game.