Prep soccer: ’Toppers trounce Bloomfield

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By Jose Corral

Despite not playing for a week, the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team didn’t miss a step on Thursday.
The Hilltoppers shutout Bloomfield 6-0 at Sullivan Field, marking their second win against the Bobcats this season. With the win, Los Alamos improved to 8-2 on the season, pending a game against Piedra Vista.
“We worked hard this week because you can’t take any team lightly,” said Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers. “It was a bit difficult for us to maneuver the ball in the first half. But, they (Bloomfield) are a tough team and we slowly wore them down.”
The Hilltoppers led 2-0 at halftime, after getting a pair of goals from senior forward Sienna Ahlers.
“I felt pretty good,” Sienna Ahlers said. “Some of my shots were a bit off but it was good.”
Sienna Ahlers completed her third hat trick of the season by scoring another goal in the second half.
Abby Schmalz continued her stellar senior campaign by scoring the other three goals for Los Alamos. It was her second time scoring at least three goals in a game this season.
Thursday was also the fifth shutout this season for sophomore goalkeeper Anna Lemke and the Hilltoppers defense.
“We connected our passes really well,” Sienna Ahlers said. “We started to work more as a team and everyone has been getting their opportunities. It’s been a really good season so far.”
Sienna Ahlers and Schmalz also tallied two assists each, while sophomore Katie Hopkins, junior Jennifer Paige, and seniors Kenidee Hatler and Maria Sandoval were credited with assists for Los Alamos on Thursday.  
“We were suffering with some injuries two weeks ago. This week we were able to heal and get some bench players in,” Gary Ahlers said. “We’re still not at the speed where I would like to be at, but it was good to see them take the bull by the horns and play the game.”
‘Topper boys mercy rule Bobcats
The Los Alamos boy’s soccer team becomes one of the state’s most dangerous teams when its offense plays like it did on Thursday.
The Hilltoppers garnered their second mercy rule victory of the season after defeating Bloomfield 10-0 at Sullivan Field.
It’s evident that the strength of Los Alamos this season is its defense. As of Thursday, the Hilltoppers had tallied six shutouts.
The Hilltoppers defense didn’t have much trouble against Bloomfield. But, the offense took over and scored nine goals in the first half.
Los Alamos senior midfielder George Steinkamp got the scoring started by tucking in two shots moments after the opening whistle. George Steinkamp added another goal to complete his hat trick.
Sophomore forward Arthur Steinkamp made it 3-0 for Los Alamos. He scored once again moments later to give the Hilltoppers a 5-0 lead.
Junior midfielder Andreas Runde gave Los Alamos an 8-0 lead. And, sophomore midfielder Jesse Prime sealed the win with the lone goal in the second half.
The Hilltoppers also had a pair of first-time scorers, as sophomores Cade Cummings and Gabe Holesinger tallied their first goals of the season.    
Los Alamos hosted Piedra Vista on Saturday after the Monitor’s print deadline.