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John McHale
Hilltopper Jairo Marquez gets tripped up on a tackle attempt by Albuquerque Academy’s Nicholas Call during Tuesday’s first half. Los Alamos struggled to generate offense Tuesday, particularly in the second half, as Academy prevailed 1-0.
Chargers score in 2nd half to sink LA

It was a good first half Tuesday night for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team against one of its biggest rivals.
Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to sustain it in the second half.
Los Alamos met its old foe, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, Tuesday at Sullivan Field. The two teams battled to a draw after the first half, but the Chargers would end up tallying the only goal of game in the second half to win it 1-0.
If it were just the one goal that was the difference in the second half, that might have been an OK loss — Academy is one of the premier programs in the state — but the Hilltoppers weren’t satisfied with their second half performance in any way, shape or form.
Los Alamos got virtually nothing going on its offensive third in the final 40 minutes. The Hilltoppers didn’t get a single shot off in the second half, or even get particularly close to getting a shot off.
That second half spoiled what was a good start to the game.
“Energy-wise it was a tale of two halves,” said Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz. “The first half was good. We were able to take away (the Chargers’) game. The second half they just settled in and did what they wanted to do. They were first to the ball and they dominated us in the second half.”

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