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Toppers hold on in shootout to win

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Boys soccer: LA's Steinkamp scores in second half to force game into OT

By Mike Cote

Second verse, same as the first.
The 2010 state champion Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team rarely failed to keep fans on the edges of their seats and the 2011 Hilltoppers picked up right where their predecessors left off in Thursday’s season opener.
Los Alamos came back from a 1-0 deficit midway through the second half Thursday against the Rio Rancho Rams. After two scoreless overtime periods, Los Alamos picked up a 4-2 shootout victory to take its season opening contest 2-1 over the Rams at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.
Henry Steinkamp, assisted by Cooper Christensen, found the net in the 62nd minute Thursday, answering a goal 19 minutes earlier by Rio Rancho midfielder Josh Trujillo.
The first half and the start of the second half were shaky for the Hilltoppers, but Steinkamp said it was actually Trujillo’s goal that finally got the team going.
“Before the first goal we were not playing with intensity,” he said. “After that, something clicked in our heads. We started pushing the tempo.”
It was the second season opener in a row for that the Hilltoppers (1-0) defeated the Rams (1-1) in a shootout. The teams deadlocked in regulation and the overtime periods 2-2 before Los Alamos clinched the victory in a shootout.


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