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'Toppers sting Scorpions in quarterfinals, 1-0

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE – If style points counted, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team might have been in trouble Thursday.
But as it turns out, the Hilltoppers’ gritty effort would prove to be enough.
The Hilltoppers ousted the Farmington Scorpions from the state Class 4A tournament. Although the Scorpions controlled the ball most of the way, they would never find the back of the goal.
Los Alamos’ defense was up to the task and forced the game into a shootout. In the shootout, Los Alamos connected on four of five kicks from the mark to dump Farmington 1-0.
The Hilltopper-Scorpion quarterfinal contest was held at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. The win puts the Hilltoppers into the state 4A semifinals for the fourth time in five seasons, but they would have a tough test against No. 2 seed Roswell today at the APS complex – results from that game weren’t available as of press time.
Against Farmington, the Scorpions were the aggressors for much of the contest. Los Alamos tried to chip its way through the formidable Farmington defense but didn’t make much headway, getting off only one shot in regulation and zero shots in the second half.


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