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For the second night in a row, the Los Alamos Hillltopper boys soccer team dropped a contest to a tough opponent from the metro area.
After trailing much of the first half, the Hilltoppers scored an equalizing goal at the 39-minute mark. Unfortunately, the Rio Rancho Rams would come right back only seconds later to retake the lead.
That goal would be enough to pick up the victory. The Rams would tack on an insurance goal in the second half as they earned a 3-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
Los Alamos (4-7) had few chances against the Rams (5-4), who have played tough on the road.
The Hilltoppers’ goal was scored by Brandon Hodges during a scrum in front of the Rams goal late in the first half. Los Alamos had several swings at the ball on an Eric Schmalz corner kick before Hodges came up with the goal.
It was Schmalz’s sixth assist on the season.
For the second straight game, Los Alamos started in goal without Chris Parker, although Parker, who was sick the day before in a lopsided loss to Albuquerque Academy, came into the game in the second half.
Tyler Mullen had five saves in the first half in goal.
It has been a rough week for the Hilltoppers, who have dropped all five of their contests since Sept. 19. The Hilltoppers were swept in three games at the Academy Invitational, then fell to Academy Tuesday night before their loss to Rio Rancho.
But after five games in seven days, Los Alamos will have a chance to get some rest. It won’t play again until its District 2-4A opener against Bernalillo next Wednesday — that game, which will be played in Los Alamos, was originally scheduled for Tuesday but Bernalillo requested it be moved.