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Hilltopper Girls Fall In 5-A Championship Match

on November 8, 2017 - 3:18pm
Alissia Haagenstad finds the goal early in the first half of the game against the Albuquerque Chargers. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
BY RJ MONTAÑO
LOS ALAMOS DAILY POST 
 
BERNALILLO – The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls’ soccer team fought tooth and nail all the way to the final whistle before dropping the New Mexico Activities Association’s Class 5A championship 1-0 to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
 
The competitive match remained a stalemate through the first half with both teams having chances, but neither capitalizing to get a lead on the other.
After a scoreless half, Head Coach Ann Cernicek addressed her team letting them know, “As good as both teams are playing, this game is going to be won by one goal.”
 
That goal came 13 minutes into the second half when Academy would finally convert on a chance in front of the ‘Topper net. It appeared the ‘Toppers were looking for an offside call that would never come as the ball slowly rolled into the net.
 
Los Alamos would play from behind for much of the second half and had multiple breakaways in Academy territory, but there was never a ‘Topper in position to score the equalizer.
 
“[Academy] did a nice job of finishing a shot, and we fought all the way to the end. It’s unfortunate for us,” Cernicek said after the championship match. “I don’t think they
realize how far they’ve come, but it’s always hard to lose in the big game.”
 
The ‘Toppers lose seven seniors to graduation for next season, but return a core of their starting line up. “I hope that we can build from where we are today, but we’re going to be in good shape,” Cernicek said.
 
Los Alamos finished as one of the two best teams in the state and earned some hardware to show off in the Griffith Gym trophy case.
 
Alyssa Parker heads the ball down the field in the Charger game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
In the second over time of the game against St. Pius, Alix Hailey kicked in the winning goal. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Alissia Haagenstad makes a goal during the game against Aztec. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Alissia Haagenstad kicks the ball high into the left corner of the goal in the game against Aztec. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Alyssa Parker goes high to get a foot on the ball in the second half of the Aztec game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
'Topper Goalkeeper Ashley Atencio had an oustanding tournament, saving goal after goal in each of the three matches. Here, she catches the ball, preventing a goal in the Aztec game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Alix Hailey gets the ball from the Aztec player. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Alix Hailey and a Charger battle for control of the ball. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Katie Hopkins slides and tackles the ball from the Charger. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Defense player Amy Littleton kicks down the field in the Aztec game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Katie Hopkins and Alissia Haagenstad team up to steal the ball from a Charger offense player in the first half of the match. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Jaci Linn battles two Charger players. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Katie Hopkins tries to kick the ball into the goal during the St. Pius game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Jaci Linn goes high for this kick as she get a shove from a Charger player. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Goalee Ashley Atencio makes a save during the Charger game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
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