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Boys soccer seasons each ended in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday

Keegan McIntosh used his head on this play during Thursday night's soccer game against Forest Lake at McNamara Stadium at Todd Field. (Star Gazette photos by Chad Richardson)1 / 3
Zach Biermaier, the Hastings goalkeeper, made the save on this play and was knocked over. Also pictured for Hastings is No. 3, Sheldon Ritt. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)2 / 3
Kenny Stephenson battles a Forest Lake player for the ball during Thursday's game against Forest Lake. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)3 / 3
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Boys soccer seasons each ended in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday
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Late in Tuesday's game against Woodbury, Hastings trailed just 3-2. It looked like the game was coming down to the wire, and the Raiders figured they had a good chance of winning.

Hastings had, in fact, taken an early lead and held that 1-0 lead for about 15 minutes or so before the Royals tied the score and then took a 3-1 lead.

Early in the second half, Hastings countered and pulled to within a goal at 3-2.

But, in the final minutes of the game, Woodbury scored twice and went on to win, 5-2.

"We put some pressure on them in that one," coach Shane Lanning said. "Their coaches said, after the game, that we gave them a scare. It was a very tight match against one of the better teams in the conference. That certainly was a good sight for us."

Hastings got its goals from Kenny Stephenson and Bailey Platson.

Zach Biermaier played in goal for Hastings.

Lanning said John Tomczak and Kerry Wise each had especially strong games, as did Scott Matecki.

Vs Forest Lake

Hastings lost to Forest Lake on Thursday, Oct. 6, by a score of 6-2.

Hastings goals were scored by Wise and Scott Matecki. Wise was assisted by Matt Gandier.


Hastings lost to Eastview on Tuesday night in the first round of the Section 3AA tournament, 4-0.

Hastings finished the season with a 1-16 overall record.

Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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