Venue for Cernicek Invite still unknown

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By Mike Cote

The 2011 Louie Cernicek Invitational boys soccer tournament starts up in a few hours, although, as of press time Thursday, the venue for the first round hadn’t been determined.
Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers will take part in the Louie Cernicek Invitational starting Friday morning. The tournament has been played every year since 1997, when it was known as the Mountain Top Invitational.
The Cernicek tournament is usually among the toughest tournaments in the state during the regular season. This season looks to be no exception.
In the tournament, five Class 4A teams currently ranked in the top 10 by NMSoccer.com’s coaches’ poll are scheduled to take part — the coaches’ poll doesn’t officially close until Sunday — including the Hilltoppers, Farmington, Belen, Roswell and Piedra Vista.
Los Alamos will open the tournament at 9 a.m. Friday when it takes on the Goddard Rockets.
The Hilltoppers won their home tournament in 2010, the first time they had picked up the top spot in the Louie Cernicek Invitational since 2004. They knocked off the Belen Eagles 3-1 in the finale of the tournament.
Last season, Los Alamos won the Class 4A state title, its first since 1986. Los Alamos went into the 2011 season with a No. 1 ranking in the state, but was humbled Saturday at Farmington, losing 5-0.

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