Last season, the Los Alamos boy’s soccer team benefited from a first-round bye en route to a state championship appearance.
This season, the Hilltoppers will have to play an extra game to get there, as they were selected as the No. 5 seed for the Class 5A state tournament, the New Mexico Activities Association announced Sunday.
“When we knew that we finished third in our district, we knew that it was going to be tough for us to get the bye,” Los Alamos coach Ron Blue said. “We were prepared for it.”
Los Alamos, which finished the regular season 13-5-2 overall and 3-2-1 in District 2-5A, will host a first-round matchup against No. 12 Goddard at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sullivan Field.
“We felt like our last two games were playoff games,” Blue said. “Goddard has a losing record so it’s odd that they made it. But with that being said, we know that we’re a pretty solid team and we should be able to go out and play our game.”
District 2-5A members Albuquerque Academy and Capital both received a first round bye. Academy was selected as the No. 1 seed, while the Jaguars were selected as the No. 3 seed.