Girls’ soccer dominates possession in road win

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By Phil Scherer

The Los Alamos High School girls’ soccer team continued its winning ways Thursday night at Santa Fe High school, defeating the Demonettes 2-0 in a one-sided contest. 

Throughout the game, the Hilltoppers dominated possession and kept constant pressure on Santa Fe’s defense. The team fired 30 shots toward the net throughout the game, as the defense was unable to slow the forwards down. 

LAHS sophomore goalkeeper Annika Fox was forced to make only one save in the game, as the Demonettes were unable to get any sort of pressure going toward the net. 

Despite the flurry of shots on goal, finding the back of the net proved to be a challenge for the Hilltoppers, as the team went into halftime with just a 1-0 lead on a goal by Kaitlyn McGrane. The goal came on her only shot of the entire game. 

After halftime, the pressure continued, as Santa Fe had its entire team backed into the defensive zone doing anything possible to slow down the LAHS attack. 

Though the approach was effective in keeping the Hilltoppers from extending the lead, the Demonettes had little chance to get back in the game or put up any sort of offensive attack. 

LAHS extended the lead to 2-0 on a goal by Alix Hailey, and cruised to a 2-0 victory. 

Preslie Coffey picked up an assist in the game, her first of the season. Coffey’s skill level has increased throughout the season, and her confidence on the field continues to grow. 

Alyssa Parker was once again a strong offensive force for the Hilltoppers, as she led the team with eight shots in the game. Her ability to get behind the defense continues to create opportunities for LAHS, and defenses are forced to account for where she is on the field at all times. 

In addition to her team-leading seventh goal of the year, Hailey also recorded six shots on goal in the game. 

The Hiltoppers will face another tough test in the next game, 10 a.m. Sept. 29 on the road against St. Pius. The Sartans are just 1-6-1 this season, but have played an extremely tough schedule early in the season. 

Last year, LAHS defeated St. Pius 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.