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A tough assignment for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got quite a bit harder after a key starter went down prior to the start of Wednesday’s game.
Just minutes before the start of Los Alamos’ game at Rio Rancho, starting goalkeeper Elena Atencio twisted her ankle and had to sit out the contest.
That put the Hilltopper defense in a bind, and it showed.
Despite the best efforts of Los Alamos’ offense, which had one of its better games of the season, the defense gave up three goals in about 8 minutes’ time to fall 6-3 on the road.
Atencio, who has started in goal all season for the Hilltoppers, was scheduled to visit the doctor today. There was some swelling around the ankle Wednesday, but she is expected to recover in a few days’ time.
Filling in for Los Alamos in goal were Kaitlin Lemke in the first half and Katya Skurikhin, a call-up from the junior varsity, in the second half.
Despite the loss, Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said he was pleased with the team’s effort.
“The girls played super,” he said. “The whole team hustled. It was good to see. We put together a full 80 minutes.”
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