It’s do or die time for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team.
The Class 5A playoffs get underway this weekend for teams around the state, and the Hilltoppers have a challenging draw to get things going.
Los Alamos will take on Santa Teresa (8-7-4) in the opening round of the postseason. That game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Hilltoppers (10-8-2) got what they wanted out of the seeding and selection committee this year, a first round home game. That was at least partially secured by a runner-up finish in the District 2 race and ending the season on a high note. Los Alamos, which was 3-7-2 heading into final week of September, won seven of its last eight games, including three straight to end the season.
That afforded the Hilltoppers a No. 8 seed in the tournament. But that also gave the Hilltoppers a difficult draw.
Along with having to play a solid team in Santa Teresa Saturday, the Hilltoppers, should they prevail, would have to face top-seeded Albuquerque Academy in the quarterfinal round next week.
The Desert Warriors played in perhaps the most competitive district in 5A, District 3. This season, five of the six District 3 teams advanced to the playoffs.