ALBUQUERQUE – One day after earning a big knockout in the quarterfinals, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team went toe-to-toe with one of the heavyweights in Class 4A.
Los Alamos took on the Roswell Coyotes in the semifinal round of the 4A playoffs and held the Coyotes scoreless until the bitter end Friday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
Unfortunately, Roswell’s Fernando Sanchez, one of the big offensive guns in 4A this season, got loose inside the Hilltopper penalty box. Sanchez worked a give-and-go with Joseph Contreras and blasted a shot into the top right corner of the Hilltopper goal.
That goal, coming in the 78th minute of play, would be the only tally for either team. Roswell would advance to Saturday’s championship with a 1-0 victory.
It was also the only goal allowed in the postseason by Los Alamos goalkeeper Chris Parker. Parker, who made a couple of big stops one day before against Farmington, had a couple of acrobatic saves against Roswell, one of the most prolific offensive teams in 2013.
Parker, who may get 2013 All-State consideration with his performance in these playoffs, finished with five saves for the Hilltoppers Friday.