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'Toppers score 4 goals in 2nd half

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By Mike Cote

The reason “stars” are given that moniker is because they come up big when things are on the line.
Enter Catie McDonald.
With the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team limping through the first half of a big game Tuesday night, McDonald took command in the second half, scoring twice and being a menacing offensive presence, helping to turn what appeared to be a struggle against the Santa Fe Demons into a full-on rout.
McDonald was virtually unstoppable in the second half. She scored in the 61st and 74th minute to lead her team to a 5-1 victory over its toughest District 2-4A opponent and helped lock up the Hilltoppers’ seventh consecutive district title Tuesday at Sullivan Field.
“She just did a good job,” said Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek. “She would make a run and punish them. She’s just a talented kid.”
McDonald, just a sophomore, is the fifth-leading scorer in Class 4A this season and is far-and-away the top scorer for the Hilltoppers with 19 goals.
If not for McDonald’s big performance, the outcome of Tuesday night’s game could’ve been very different.
Los Alamos couldn’t get much of a sustained attack in the first half against Santa Fe and actually got outplayed for a big chunk of the first 40 minutes.


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