LA girls struggle but win in OT at Capital, 1-0

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By Mike Cote

SANTA FE – There is no doubt the Capital Jaguars girls soccer team has improved.
But in what should’ve been a routine District 2-4A game Saturday, Los Alamos let the Jaguars play like a legitimate title threat.
The Jaguars pushed the Hilltoppers to an overtime period before the Hilltoppers finally broke a scoreless deadlock.
With about three minutes remaining in overtime, Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald finally found paydirt, giving the Hilltoppers a tougher-than-expected 1-0 win at Jaguar Field.
This may have been the most unusual game in what has been an unusual season for Los Alamos. More often than not, Los Alamos has been able to close Capital via the 10-goal rule.
But while Capital (7-6) has improved immensely since recent years, Los Alamos (5-10) has been struggling to find comfortable footing all year.
Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said he suspected going into Saturday’s contest his team might not be taking the Jaguars seriously. After the early part of the game, he was sure of it.
“They were thinking about the dance, or whatever,” Kubicek said, referring to the homecoming soirée Saturday night. “We thought we’d stick to our game and do a better job, but our minds were not in it.”

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