LA steamrolls Moriarty, 8-0

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Girls soccer: Neal, Movshovich earn hat tricks vs. Pintos

By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team took nine shots in the first 10 minutes, connecting on two of them to set the tempo for a whitewashing Thursday afternoon in White Rock.
The Hilltopper offense ran roughshod over the Moriarty Pintos back line in the first half Thursday, connecting on three goals in the first 13 minutes. The Pintos would never mount any kind of serious attack as the Hilltoppers rolled to an 8-0 victory at the Paul Spirio Soccer Complex.
The score might have been worse had Los Alamos not misfired on two open-goal opportunities and Moriarty goalkeeper Taylor Luker not stopped two well-placed balls in the first half.
It was the second one-sided victory posted by Los Alamos (2-0) to start the 2011 season. Los Alamos blasted Belen Tuesday in its opener, 10-0, closing out the contest in just 68 minutes.
Hilltopper forward Amy Neal, who had a hat trick Tuesday, scored twice in the first six minutes of Thursday’s contest and tacked on a third goal in the second half. Along with her second three-goal game of the season, Neal also had a whopping four assists, putting her early-season point total at 19 in just the first two contests.
Naomi Movshovich also picked up a hat trick Thursday. Movshovich buried a 30-yarder from the left side over Luker’s head for her second goal in the 24th minute. She also finished with a pair of assists.
Jennifer Paul and Laura Wendelberger also scored against Moriarty (0-1), while Wendelberger, Emily Funsten, Kristin Funsten and Kaitlin Leslie were credited with assists.
Neither Hilltopper goalkeeper Bryce Theesfeld or Natalie Brenner, who split time Thursday, saw much action in the contest.
The Hilltoppers could have a much stiffer challenge on their hands, however, than they have in their first two games of the season.
They will host the Farmington Scorpions, currently the sixth-ranked team in the state — an unofficial ranking as voting at the NMSoccer.com website doesn’t close until Sunday — Saturday in White Rock.
Saturday’s game will be the season opener for Farmington.