Topper Boys Soccer Wins Louie Cernicek Tournament

The Toppers celebrate their victory at the Louie Cernicek Tournament. Photo by John McHale/

This original Louie Cernicek Invitational Tournament trophy has been retired and the trophy now used is one that the winning team can take home. Photo by John McHale/


The Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Boys Varsity Soccer Team won the annual Louie Cernicek Tournament played Friday and Saturday in Los Alamos.

The Toppers played host to eight teams from around the state. The Toppers first game was played against the Clovis Wildcats Friday morning at Sullivan Field. The Toppers dominated the Wildcats and won 3-1 to progress to their next game against the Artesia Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs gave the Toppers their toughest game, which ended in a 1-1 tie forcing a shootout to decide the winner. The Toppers won the penalty kick shootout and the match 2-1. 

The Toppers progressed to the championship game Saturday afternoon against the Los Lunas Tigers.  The Toppers had little trouble with the Tigers, winning the game 2-1 and the championship.

Caleb Langenbrunner battles for control near midfield in the Los Lunas game. Photo by John McHale/

John Teague collides with Los Lunas goalie Sean De Tamble. Photo by John McHale/

Caleb Langenbrunner heads the ball in front of the Los Lunas goal in the first half. Photo by Nate Limback/

Jaime Tarrazas takes control of the ball and setup for a shot at the goal. Photo by Nate Limback/

Wesley Stanfield heads the ball toward the goal in the Clovis game. Photo by Nate Limback/

John Teague brings the ball down field followed close behind by Clovis player Luis Carrera. Photo by Nat Linback/

Westley Parker goes high for a save as Santiago Garbarino closes in on him. Photo by John McHale/

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