Topper boys will travel to Piedra Vista to open playoffs

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Soccer: LA girls get second seed, have a bye into 2nd round

By Mike Cote

A week ago, Evan Gartz predicted his team would have to go on the road and would have to travel a few hours.
He was right on both counts.
The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team was seeded 10th in the Class 4A state tournament.
The 2011 boys and girls soccer playoff brackets were released Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. The first round of play in both state tournaments gets going this weekend at home sites before action shifts to the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex in Albuquerque.
Gartz, the Hilltopper boys head coach, said he wasn’t terribly surprised with where his team landed.
“I knew that we’d be somewhere between 9 and 12,” Gartz said. “We came through right in there. I was kind of hoping for an 8, but when you have a losing record, that’s what happens.”
Meanwhile, the Hilltopper girls soccer team landed at the No. 2 seed in the 4A draw, as most people expected.
As a result of a top-four seeding, the Hilltopper girls will have the weekend off to prepare for the winner between seventh-seeded Piedra Vista and 10th-seeded Del Norte.
The Hilltopper girls (17-4) lost only one game all season to a Class 4A opponent. That loss came at the hands of St. Pius X, which, not coincidentally, was awarded the No. 1 seed in the 4A bracket.

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