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It might have been the most complete game the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team had put together all season.
Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough to pull off a first round upset Saturday.
The Hilltoppers, the No. 10 seed in the Class 4A playoffs, were knocked out by the seventh-seeded Piedra Vista Panthers in the opening round. The Panthers came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to score the equalizer, then earn the victory in penalty kicks.
Piedra Vista’s 2-1 shootout win over Los Alamos advances it into the quarterfinals, where the No. 2-seeded St. Pius X Sartans await. Their game is set for Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
For the Hilltoppers, their quest for a repeat Class 4A title ended early.
Los Alamos, which took a 3-0 loss at the hands of Piedra Vista during the 2011 regular season, came out with fire in the belly Saturday.
“We played really well,” Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said. “The energy was there. We had a lot of momentum during the game. We actually had a lot more scoring chances than they did. They left it all on the field (Saturday).”
But those chances didn’t materialize into more goals during regulation or the two overtime periods.
Los Alamos took the lead 25 minutes into the contest.
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