LA teams head to Academy Invite Thursday

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 The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will see some tough competition throughout the three-day long Albuquerque Academy Invitational.

The Academy Invitational is scheduled from Thursday through Saturday and is hosted by Academy’s Chargers, one of the most well-respected programs in Class 4A.

The Chargers and the Hilltoppers aren’t the only top teams scheduled to compete this weekend, however.

Los Alamos’ boys will play at 2:30 p.m. against the Las Cruces Bulldawgs. Las Cruces is a perfect 5-0 on the season, including winning the Las Cruces Public Schools’ tournament late last month.

However, the Bulldawgs haven’t played since topping Oñate 3-2 in that round robin tournament Aug. 31.

So far, the Bulldawgs have shown a balanced scoring attack. Sweeper Nate Thompson and Kiki Najaera, just a sophomore, both have 2 goals on the season.

For Los Alamos’ girls, they will face a familiar foe. Los Alamos will take on Farmington, which beat the Hilltoppers 2-0 in the season opener Aug. 24. Although the final score was respectable, Farmington controlled that game the entire way.

The Scorpions (4-0), who have yet to play at home this year, have put up some big offensive numbers, albeit against lesser competition. And like Las Cruces on the boys’ side, the Farmington girls also haven’t played since the end of last month.

Also in the boys’ tournament, Sandia Prep is No. 1 ranked  and Hope Christian is ranked third according to the latest NMSoccer.com coaches poll in Class A-3A, while Farmington is still a dangerous presence in Class 4A. Los Alamos could potentially see Farmington Friday.

On the girls’ side, Aztec was the top-ranked girls soccer team last week and Hope Christian is a well respected small school team.




Thursday’s first round


Albuquerque Academy vs. Oñate, 2:30 p.m.

Hope Christian vs. Cleveland, 2:30 p.m.

Los Alamos vs. Las Cruces, 2:30 p.m.

Sandia Prep vs. Farmington, 2:30 p.m.


Friday’s second round


Academy- Oñate winner vs. Hope Christian-Cleveland winner, 2:30 p.m.

Los Alamos-Las Cruces winner vs. Sandia Prep-Farmington winner, 2:30 p.m.

Academy- Oñate loser vs. Hope Christian-Cleveland loser, 2:30 p.m.

Los Alamos-Las Cruces loser vs. Sandia Prep-Farmington loser, 2:30 p.m.




All games at 8 a.m.




Thursday’s first round


Albuquerque Academy vs. Carlsbad, 4:30 p.m.

Hope Christian vs. Las Cruces, 4:30 p.m.

Farmington vs. Los Alamos, 4:30 p.m.

Aztec vs. Oñate, 4:30 p.m.


Friday’s second round


Academy-Carlsbad winner vs. Hope Christian-Las Cruces winner, 4:30 p.m.

Farmington-Los Alamos winner vs. Aztec-Oñate winner, 4:30 p.m.

Academy-Carlsbad loser vs. Hope Christian-Las Cruces loser, 4:30 p.m.

Farmington-Los Alamos loser vs. Aztec-Oñate loser, 4:30 p.m.




All games at 10 a.m.