Soccer: Topper teams sweep Jaguars

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By Mike Cote

As expected, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer team pulled off a decisive doubleheader sweep Saturday afternoon.

First, the Hilltopper boys knocked off the Capital Jaguars Saturday at Sullivan Field, while the Hilltopper girls routed Capital’s squad, which didn’t manage to get even one shot off in the nightcap and didn’t survive to see the second half.

Los Alamos’ boys led by as many as four goals in Saturday’s game one and held on for a 5-3 win over the Jaguars, while three different Los Alamos girls scored two goals each in an 11-0 drubbing.

With the wins, both teams run their District 2AAAA records to 2-0.

For the Hilltopper boys, Jon Thoma and Will Schoonover each scored a pair of goals and Davis Anson had three assists on Los Alamos’ first three goals in the big 2AAAA win.

In recent years, the Hilltoppers had run into their share of problems with the Jaguars, including losing a 3-2 shootout decision to them in Santa Fe in 2007. The Hilltoppers were in a must-win situation at the end of last season, but pulled out a 3-1 win at home in the last game of the regular season to qualify for the playoffs.

The Hilltoppers are expected to get back to form and win the 2AAAA title this season, but are well aware they can’t take Capital (7-5 overall, 0-1 in district) for granted.

“We’re getting to see how they play,” Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said of the Jaguars. “It’s challenging playing on their turf. Their field’s very fast. We’ll have to get ready for that. Seeing them already will give us a big advantage when we get there.”

Dion Obermeyer had the other goal for the Hilltoppers, who led 3-1 after the first half.

Schoonover, who is usually on the back line for the Hilltoppers, scored both Los Alamos’ goals in the second half Saturday.

With its bench players in, Los Alamos let in a pair of late goals from Capital’s Jairo Ortiz.

In the girls contest, which lasted only 40 minutes, Maneesha Chitanvis, Asli Unal and Shaina Riciputi each scored twice to put the contest away early.

Chitanvis also had two assists, while Riciputi and Unal each added an assist Saturday against Capital (1-10 overall, 0-1 in 2AAAA).

Also scoring for the Hilltoppers were Lynnea Freer, Kelsey Neal, Saya Shimada, Amelia Weaver and Charlotte Hoover. Shimada had a pair of assists to go along with her goal, while Laura Nelson and Keyla Tumas each added assists.

It was the second district win for Los Alamos (8-4) by at least 10 goals. Los Alamos isn’t expected to have any serious challengers for the 2AAAA title.

Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said he liked the fact his team put together some good combinations and got to move some personnel into different positions.

Both teams will have another doubleheader Tuesday at Taos.

Taos’ girls team finished second to Los Alamos in 2007, while the Taos boys actually won the 2AAAA title last season.