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The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team drubbed one of its most bitter rivals on the road Friday afternoon.
Los Alamos scored four goals, two in each half, before the St. Pius X Sartans got on the board at Ben Rios Field. The Sartans halved the lead late in the game, scoring two goals within about a minute of each other, but would get no closer as Los Alamos prevailed 4-2.
It was the second win in a row by the Hilltoppers over the Sartans and their third win over the Sartans since the 2010 playoffs.
Forward Collin Stone had a hat trick in Friday’s contest and was also credited with an assist in a huge offensive showing for him and Los Alamos.
Interestingly, Los Alamos only got off eight shots in the contest — the Sartans had 20 shots — but made half of those shots count.
Stone doubled his point total for the season, from 7 to 14, with his performance against the Sartans.
Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said it was the team’s back third that set it up with the scoring chances.
“Our defense looked a lot better,” he said. “We’re still working on it a little bit, but we were solid. They had a lot of attacks. They ruled possession of the game but we were organized in the back. They had a lot of shots, but not a lot of good looks.”
When Los Alamos (3-2) was able to wrest possession from St. Pius (1-5), the forwards made good runs down the field to set themselves up with scoring chances.
Gartz said it “wasn’t pretty,” but the Hilltoppers managed to get some long balls to the guys upfront on the counterattack for their goals.
Along with Stone’s big afternoon, Jairo Marquez tallied the other goal. Jon Michael Weaver and Hernan Lebensohn picked up assists.
After Los Alamos went up 4-0 with about 10 minutes left to play, the defense relaxed and St. Pius took advantage. Alex Arvizo and Luke McConnell picked up goals in quick succession before Los Alamos snapped back to attention.
With the win, Los Alamos improves to 2-1 against Class 4A competition.
Los Alamos has a busy week ahead of it this week. It hosts St. Michael’s Tuesday, then plays at the very competitive Albuquerque Academy Invitational, taking on Class 5A Las Cruces in the first round Thursday afternoon.