There are a lot of youngsters around the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team this season.
And they’re going to be tested early.
The Hilltopper girls will be the first Los Alamos High School team to open the season when they meet the Farmington Scorpions Saturday.
Farmington, a solid Class 4A program, is just the first big test of what could be a brutal early season schedule for Los Alamos. Quickly after Farmington, Los Alamos will face a solid small school in Bosque and, just a week later, one of its archenemies, St. Pius X, in Albuquerque.
Heading into the tough early part of the season — which also includes dates at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational and against the defending champion Academy Chargers — Los Alamos will also have to deal with the younger players’ learning curve. Los Alamos features five sophomores on its opening day roster.
For returning fullback Stephanie Blair, she said they’ll get acclimated throughout the season and the team will be at top form when it needs to be.
“Everybody’s basic skills, what you fundamentally need, all the players here have those skills,” Blair said. “It’s easier to build on them when you’ve got them.”