ALBUQUERQUE — It was a disappointing end to the 2012 girls soccer season for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Friday afternoon.
Los Alamos, trying to reach its fourth state championship game in five years, couldn’t get over the hump that was the Aztec Tigers in the quarterfinal round at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
The two teams slogged through regulation offensively amid a stiff breeze and intermitten showers, but in the 84th minute, Aztec’s Jessica Kresl hit a line drive from the top of the penalty box inside the left post past Los Alamos goalkeeper Bryce Theesfeld to give the Tigers a 1-0 victory.
It was a quick end for the Hilltoppers in this year’s tournament, especially considering they felt they had a good shot to earn their first championship since 2003.
“We played sluggish, we had no rhythm,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “I don’t know if we were looking ahead or we thought this tournament was going to be easy.”
For the first time since 2000, a team other than Los Alamos, Academy or St. Pius X made the championship game in Class 4A. Academy and St. Pius met in the other semifinal Friday, with the top-seeded Academy Chargers taking the victory.\