'Toppers fall to Bobcats in overtime

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a late goal from its top player to force overtime against the Bosque School Bobcats in its home opener Tuesday.
Unfortunately, the Bobcats pounced in overtime to spoil the Hilltoppers home debut.
After a relatively uneventful first half, Bosque scored early in the second half to take a 1-0 lead, then with about 15 minutes left in regulation, added a go-ahead goal which appeared like it would hold up.
However, with just seconds left in regulation, Los Alamos’ top scorer, Catie McDonald, scored off a direct kick chance from the right side of the goal to tie the score at 2 and force overtime.
In overtime, Bosque returned the favor, scoring from 25 yards out on a direct kick to earn the victory.
Despite his team slipping to 0-2 on the young season, Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said he likes most of what he’s seen so far.
“We felt like we dominated,” he said. “But right now we have to tighten up some loose ends.”
McDonald has scored four of Los Alamos’ five goals this season — she had a hat trick against Farmington in a 4-3 opening day loss Saturday. Abby Schmalz found the net in the 50th minute off an assist from McDonald for her first goal of the year. Schmalz also was credited with the assist on McDonald’s goal.
It rained throughout Tuesday’s game — the game’s start was actually delayed due to lightning strikes in the area — which Los Alamos tried to compensate for by keeping passes at teammates’ feet.
On defense, Herrera said he feels his team is getting decent pressure on opponents’ attacking forwards but his team is giving up too much near the net.
“We’re going to talk to our goalkeepers and fix things we’re seeing out there,” Herrera said. “We’ll see if we can fix those consistent problems. There are a lot of things that are going to happen throughout the course of the year.”