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LA looking to bounce back from disappointing year

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Boys soccer: Team will have 23 players on its opening day roster vs. Bosque

By Mike Cote

Now that the new car smell effect of winning the state Class 4A title two years ago wore off for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team, it is able to see itself in a different light.
In 2010, the Hilltoppers ended their 24-year state championship frustration to claim a boys soccer title. But in 2011, the Hilltoppers learned the hard way that the only thing tougher than winning a championship is defending it.
At least one senior on the talent- and experience-rich Hilltoppers, thinks the 2011 season can be summed up in one game, its regular season finale against Capital. And his summation isn’t a positive one.
“That game, how do I say this? People went in and they didn’t want to play,” said forward Ryan Maestas. “Some people were scared. We couldn’t live up to the hype like we needed to. We weren’t ready to play that opponent on that day, and when Henry (Steinkamp) got hurt, that was completely demoralizing.”
A new season for Los Alamos’ boys soccer team has arrived, however. It will get the 2012 season started at home Tuesday against Bosque School.


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