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Ralph Allen
Goalkeeper Ashley Atencio made 14 saves in the 1-0 win, including 10 in the first half.
Girl’s soccer picks up dramatic OT win

All season long, senior Alix Hailey has been an offensive force for the Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team.

Tuesday night at Sullivan Field, she added another moment to her highlight reel, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, as the Hilltoppers defeated Hope Christian High School 1-0.

This was an especially meaningful game for LAHS. Earlier this season, Hope Christian defeated the Hilltoppers 3-2 during the Albuquerque Academy Tournament, one of just three losses LAHS has collected so far this year.

Head coach Ann Cernicek said that her team was able to avoid mistakes in this game that cost them dearly in the first matchup.

“Two of the goals Hope Christian scored in the tournament were off of a corner kick and a free kick, and we didn’t give those things up tonight,” Cernicek said.

In fact, it seemed like both teams were trying their hardest to avoid giving up those set pieces throughout regulation, knowing how potent both offenses can be when given free chances.

Because of that, the majority of the play took place in the middle of the field throughout the night, with the defenses preventing strong scoring chances on either side.

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