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Boys’ soccer players named to all-district teams

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By Phil Scherer

After finishing the season as the Class 4A runner-up, the Los Alamos High School boys’ soccer team brought home a lot of hardware, as All-District awards were announced Monday. 

Seven players were named to the first-team All-District list, while an additional four players were named to lower level lists. 

On the first-team list were Arthur Steinkamp, Aiden Semelsberger, Jesse Prime, Jacob Majors, Dakota Duran and Jared Carnes. 

Steinkamp finished the season with a state-high 43 goals and 12 assists, scoring 98 total points. He was extremely efficient all season, scoring on 37 percent of his shots. He finishes his career with 90 goals and 24 assists in 84 games for the Hilltoppers. 

In his first year with the Hilltoppers, Semelsberger scored 19 goals and dished out 27 assists, accounting for 65 total points. He dazzled with his ball-handling abilities as only a sophomore. 

Semelsberger and Steinkamp shared Player of the Year honors in the district because of the great combination they formed on the pitch. 

Prime missed the beginning of the season with a foot injury, but recovered in time to play outstanding defense for the Hilltoppers, and neutralized many of the state’s top players. 

Majors started every game of the state tournament, and excelled, shutting out the first three opponents of the tournament before allowing three goals to Albuquerque Academy in the championship game. 

He allowed only 13 goals this season while playing nearly 1,000 minutes in the net. 

Duran made an immediate impact in his first year starting at the varsity level, acting as a great secondary option in the offense. He came into his own at the state tournament, scoring in the quarterfinals against Chaparral and the semifinals against Los Lunas. 

Carnes, a senior captain, was one of the most important players on this year’s team. From his midfield position, he was able to play defense as strong as anyone on the team, and played a key role in keeping the ball out of LAHS’ defensive zone. 

Blue was also named coach of the year in the district, as his team went 5-0-1 in district play. 

Also honored were defender Dima Tretiak, midfielder Sam Cirigliano and forward Miguel Chacon, who were named second-team all-district performers. Defender Gabe Holesinger was also named to the honorable mention list.