LA earns blowout win over Moriarty

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team did a number on the Moriarty Pintos Thursday night. A big number.
The Hilltoppers scored 11 times in the first half en route to their first win of the 2014 season. Catie McDonald and Sienna Ahlers each scored four goals as the Hilltopper blasted the Pintos 11-0 in Moriarty.
The two teams have met several times in the recent past, usually early in the season and usually with similar results.
Los Alamos (1-2) wasted no time getting on the board, scoring its first goal inside of three minutes. Moriarty (1-1) for its part, never got a shot off Thursday.
While breaking into the win column for the first time as part of his new gig was nice for Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera, he more importantly wanted to see his team play a complete contest, which it did.
“It’s easy to lower your level of play because the competition is not that good,” Herrera said. “We wanted to continue a high level of play. We were very consistent. We still have a lot to work on for what we want to accomplish this year.”
Along with her four goals, giving her 8 total for the season, McDonald, who will likely finish among the most prolific scorers in the state, also earned two assists.
Meilssa Teter, Emily Hopkins and Kayla Parker also scored goals Thursday, while Abby Schmalz and Alissia Haagenstad, an eighth grader, finished with two assists each.
Also picking up assists were Hopkins and Charlotte Leonard.
Los Alamos will be on the road Saturday taking on the Piedra Vista Panthers.
The Panthers (3-1) knocked Los Alamos out of the playoffs in the first round in 2013.