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Coming off back-to-back games where the effort wasn’t what they needed it to be, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers didn’t get off to an auspicious start Thursday.
But playing against the La Cueva Bears, the Hilltopper girls soccer team made up for it with a big second half.
Los Alamos couldn’t get on the same page offensively and needed some big plays on the defensive side during the first half of Thursday’s game to hang with the Bears. In the second half, however, the Hilltoppers finally got their powerful offense rolling, culminating in one of the team’s best individual efforts of the season, leading to the game winner.
With the game scoreless in the 76th minute, La Cueva’s near-miss shot on a corner kick chance rolled out to the right side of the field where Catie McDonald tracked it down. McDonald dribbled the length of the field down the right hash mark, deftly split two well-positioned La Cueva defenders converging on her and smashed a shot toward the La Cueva post.
La Cueva goalkeeper Sam Johnson blocked McDonald’s initial shot but didn’t have time to grab the ball out of the air. Instead, the ball bounced straight to Hilltopper Allison Rooney who had simply to send it back into the open net.
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