'Toppers blank Panthers Saturday, 1-0

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team picked up its second consecutive victory Saturday in its second trip of the season to Farmington.
Los Alamos topped the Piedra Vista Panthers 1-0 Saturday, earning for itself not only a win but a measure of revenge after the Panthers downed the Hilltoppers in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.
With the victory, the Hilltoppers even their season record at 2-2. The Hilltoppers trounced the Moriarty Pintos 11-0.
It will be a big test today, however, as Los Alamos will take on St. Pius X, last season’s Class 4A state champion. St. Pius’ Sartans are a spotless 4-0 on the year heading into today’s game.
Against Piedra Vista, Los Alamos got off 8 shots to the Panthers’ 3 and controlled possession most of the contest.
Los Alamos got on the board in the 56th minute. Hilltopper Emily Hopkins got a pass from the opposite side of the box from Catie McDonald and went into the lower right-hand corner.
In goal, Anna Lemke made two stops to earn the shutout victory.
For the Panthers (3-2), it was their second shutout loss of the season. They fell 3-0 to the Sartans in their season opener Aug. 22.