Girls soccer: LA clinches district title

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By Mike Cote

Despite winning a district championship Thursday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team has bigger fish to fry.

And head coach Jiri Kubicek knows the Hilltoppers will have to turn up the heat if they want to fry them properly.

“It was some kind of sluggish game (Thursday),” Kubicek said of his team’s 7-0 win at Bernalillo. “We scored a couple of goals in the first four minutes. After that, we didn’t do much.”

Los Alamos clinched its fourth-straight District 2AAAA title Thursday, improving its district record to 6-0 (12-4 overall) with three scheduled games remaining and one potential make-up game.

The Hilltoppers have had little competition in the district since the departure of St. Pius X after the 2004 season. None of their district opponents this season have scored a goal against them and that’s unlikely to change against either Taos or, in their potential make-up contest, against Española Valley.

Los Alamos very nearly allowed a goal Thursday against Bernalillo, however, something Kubicek was less-than-thrilled about. Los Alamos was whistled for a foul with about five minutes remaining in regulation, but the ensuing Spartan penalty kick went over the crossbar.

For the Hilltoppers, Kelsey Neal had a hat trick Thursday. Single goals were scored by Maneesha Chitanvis, Jaime Benage, Laura Nelson and Summer Shelley.

The win was Los Alamos’ sixth straight and seventh in the last eight games.

Kubicek said the Hilltoppers looked tired throughout Thursday’s game. In preparation for their nondistrict games against La Cueva Tuesday and St. Michael’s Thursday, Los Alamos played a scrimmage against the Hilltopper boys junior varsity Wednesday, something Kubicek said might have worn his team out a little.

He said his team was doing way too much dribbling Thursday and not being very selective with its shots.

But with Thursday’s win, Los Alamos assured itself of a spot in the 2008 state playoffs which get underway Oct. 30. Seeding for the tournament is scheduled to be announced Oct. 25.