In more ways than one, this season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team will be about transition.
Los Alamos, which opens the fall season Tuesday, will be looking at transition between defense to offense, offense to defense and, most importantly, transition from a battle-tested, senior-laden team to one with a lot of new personnel in a lot of new positions.
The Hilltoppers open their 2013 campaign on the road at Bosque School, the first of some challenging contests in the early going.
The opening day roster features a dozen seniors, which some would say is enviable, but most of the seniors for Los Alamos played very limited minutes on last year’s squad. Offensively, 8 of their top 10 goal producers from 2012 are gone.
The biggest loss to graduation, however, is center-midfielder Henry Steinkamp. Steinkamp ran the offensive show and was the team’s distributor, finishing the season with 15 assists, as many as the next two players combined.
The main challenge for Los Alamos heading into Tuesday’s opener against Bosque, a very tough Class A-3A program which was the small school runner-up last season, is to try to see how all its pieces are going to fit together.