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Roswell tops LA in Cernicek final

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Fernando Sanchez was nearly unstoppable in last weekend’s Louie Cernicek Invitational. It remains to be seen if the Roswell Coyotes can be stopped.
The Coyotes were the big winners in the Cernicek Invitational boys soccer tournament, hosted by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
The Hilltoppers got a first-hand look at Sanchez, who scored three goals and had two assists as the Coyotes routed the Hilltoppers in the final, 6-2, Saturday night at Sullivan Field.
It capped an impressive run in the tournament for Roswell (5-0), which crushed recent two-time Class 4A runner-up Belen in Friday’s first round, 10-0, then bounced a tough Farmington squad 2-1 in a shootout Saturday morning.
Los Alamos was looking to grab its second straight Cernicek win and third win in four years, but Roswell took control of the contest and, except for a stretch late in the first half, didn’t let up.
Roswell jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 22 minutes, moving the ball down the field virtually at-will.
It was then that the Hilltoppers finally got some offense going — they had just three shots, only one on frame, in the early minutes — with Collin Stone tallying a goal in the 24th minute. Eric Schmalz would follow up Stone’s goal with one of his own just five minutes later.


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