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LA girls, boys top Bernalillo in opening games of district

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams both had a successful opening to their District 2-4A seasons Wednesday.
Los Alamos’ teams hosted the Bernalillo Spartans in a doubleheader Wednesday at Sullivan Field, and both Hilltopper teams scored solid victories.
Despite getting off to a slow start in their game, the Hilltopper girls scored nine goals in less than 40 minutes of play to down the Spartans 10-0 in the first game. In the nightcap, Los Alamos got two goals from Collin Stone to help knock off the Spartans 4-1.
The Spartans aren’t expected to make much noise in either District 2-4A title race, but the Hilltoppers’ next district outing might prove tougher. Both teams travel to Santa Fe for games Saturday.
Santa Fe’s girls appear to be the only 2-4A team with any realistic shot of knocking off the Hilltoppers, who haven’t lost a district game since 2006. Meanwhile, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Capital are expected to duke it out for the boys district title this season.
In Wednesday’s boys contest, Stone tallied a pair of goals to help secure the victory.
Stone, who has nearly half of the team’s total goals this season, now has 24 total points.
Along with Stone, Hernan Lebensohn and Eric Schmalz also scored for the Hilltoppers (5-7 overall, 1-0 in 2-4A), who snapped a five-game skid with the win.
Alexi Ortega, Eric Burnside and Jairo Marquez were credited with assists against Bernalillo.
Bernalillo (2-7, 0-1) only managed two shots-on-goal, but made one of them count.
For the Hilltopper girls, Catie McDonald picked up four goals against Bernalillo and also earned an assist.
In all, six different Hilltoppers picked up goals. Senior Meghan McDonald had two goals and an assist. Others scoring goals Wednesday included Kristin Funsten, Isabelle Runde, Sarah Criscuolo and Charlotte Leonard.
Funsten also had two assists against Bernalillo, as did Julia Haagenstad and Jessica Heironiums. Leonard, Chandler Art and McKenna Nadeau earned single assists.
The Hilltopper girls (3-7 overall) had lost five of their previous six contests prior to Wednesday.
Bernalillo (0-7) managed just one shot-on-goal. For the season, Bernalillo has scored just once.
Kaitlin Lemke had one save earned the shutout in goal for Los Alamos, the first varsity shutout of her career.
Prior to Saturday’s game against Santa Fe, Los Alamos’ girls will take on the Sandia Matadors this afternoon in Albuquerque.