Soccer: LA boys, girls fall at Farmington

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By The Staff

Neither Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer team escaped their trip to the Four Corners with a victory Saturday.

The Hilltopper girls soccer team couldn’t convert on several chances in the opener of a boys-girls doubleheader Saturday, losing in a shootout to the Farmington Scorpions. Meanwhile, the Hilltopper boys again couldn’t hang on to a two-goal lead in the second half, falling 3-2 to the Scorpions at Hutchison Stadium.

It was the second straight meeting that the Hilltopper boys were on the short end of contest against the Scorpions. The two teams met in the Class AAAA state championship game last season, with the Scorpions prevailing 3-0.

“It’s frustrating,” Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said. “The boys had the momentum…It’s a tough loss when it happens. We controlled the game, but we had some lapses.”

In their season opener Thursday, Los Alamos’ boys held a 2-0 lead after 49 minutes of play at Rio Rancho, but Rio Rancho tied the score with two unanswered goals in the second half. Los Alamos would eventually win that contest in a shootout.

Saturday, Los Alamos (1-1) put 15 shots on goal to just 4 by Farmington.

Gartz said the Farmington defense was vulnerable, but Los Alamos was simply unable to sustain pressure on the Scorpions’ third of the field. In Los Alamos’ back line Saturday, an injury to defender Zeke Zumbro and some miscommunication contributed to the three second half Scorpion goals.

In the girls game between Los Alamos and Farmington, the Hilltoppers outshot the Scorpions 16-6.

A good portion of the game was played on Farmington’s side of the field and Los Alamos managed to get some very good looks. The goals, however, were not forthcoming.

“We had many chances,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “You don’t score, you don’t win.”

The Hilltoppers (2-1) had little trouble finding scores against their first two opponents on the 2010 season, Belen and Moriarty, combining for 13 goals in those two games.

Saturday, Los Alamos set itself up with three 1-on-1 chances with Farmington goalkeeper Taylor Dexel, but Dexel stopped all three chances. Kubicek said that his shooters didn’t make many of those chances particularly difficult for Dexel.

“We need to go back and work on some shots,” he said. “We need to make sure we score on the opportunities we have. Hopefully, we can correct it.”

Los Alamos girls, who once again have one of the toughest nondistrict schedules in the state, take on Rio Rancho Thursday.

The Hilltopper boys will make their first home appearance Friday when they host the Louie Cernicek Invitational. The annual tournament will include Farmington — which is on the opposite side of the bracket at Los Alamos — as well as Roswell, Los Lunas and Aztec, the Hilltoppers’ first round opponent.