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Hilltopper Girls Soccer Beats Del Norte

on October 1, 2017 - 8:28am

Alissia Haagenstad finds the traffic hard to get through at mid field during Saturday's game against the Del Norte Knights at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/

Elsa Gram beat the goalie in the first half for a goal. Photo by John McHale/

By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

After an hour of rain and lightning delays to start the game Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers (11-3, 1-0 District 2-5A) Girls Soccer team scored early and held off the Del Norte Knights (3-10, 0-1 District 2-5A) for the 2-0 game shortened by weather.

Elsa Gram of the ‘Toppers scored off an assist by Alyssa Parker at the 6:58 mark of the first half to put Los Alamos up 1-0.

After dominating the time of possession and a barrage of shots for the first half, Jaci Lynn would find the net scoring in the 39th minute before the half.

Knights goalkeeper Jasmine Herrera took a beating in goal, saving shot after ‘Topper shot from going into the net, getting up slower and slower each time. She looked to have hamstring, shoulder and wrist injuries, as she would grimace and slow the game down after every save. Hererra would be forced to make 11 saves on the day.

The second half started under cold conditions and menacing clouds. Los Alamos continued to dominate possession until a lightning strike just outside the stadium would halt play once again. After watching the ‘Toppers control the game, having an injured goalkeeper, and only two players on the bench, Del Norte Head Coach Steve Nickerson threw in the towel and loaded his team on their chartered bus.

Los Alamos continues district play Tuesday at Albuquerque Academy.

Peyton Hobbs tries to get a foot on a corner kick in the early stages of the game. Photo by John McHale/

Alyssa Parker makes a centering kick from the corner. Photo by John McHale/

Katie Hopkins tries to beat the goalie to the ball in the front of the goal. Photo by John McHale/

Alissa Haagenstad makes a run at the Del Norte goalie, but the goalie made the save. Photo by John McHale/