Girls soccer: LA tops Moriarty on the road

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team thumped the Moriarty Pintos 4-0 Thursday night in Moriarty.

Los Alamos scored three times in the second half, twice by Amy Neal, to earn the victory at Moriarty, a place where the team has often struggled in the recent past.

"That was nice to not have to worry about it for once," Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. "They're not that strong. They don't have a (junior varsity) team. They're numbers are down, but that's how it goes."

The Hilltoppers finished with 19 shots on the contest.

Madison Ahlers picked up a late first-half goal to break the scoreless tie, connecting into the upper corner from about 25 yards out at the 32-minute mark.

In the second half, Lindsay Benage caught up with a through-ball off the foot of Charlotte Hoover and hit from a short distance out to put the Hilltoppers up 2-0. Neal went straight down the middle of the field for a goal in the 50th minute, then was assisted by Naomi Movshovich for a goal in the 70th minute.

In goal, Bryce Theesfeld and Amanda Bonn again combined to complete the shutout, the second in as many games on the season for the Hilltoppers (2-0). The Hilltoppers routed the Belen Eagles 9-0 to open their 2010 season Tuesday.

Los Alamos could face a stiffer test Saturday when it travels to the Four Corners to play Farmington, which has already posted wins this season against St. Michael's and Piedra Vista.