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Girls soccer team beat Simley, 4-0

The Hastings girls soccer team got its season off to a great start with a 4-0 win over Simley recently.

"From start to finish, it was a real fluid game on our part," coach Scott Meier said. "They far exceeded my expectations for the first game of the year. Our play was good. Our movement was good. We had good possession. Overall, I couldn't have been more pleased with how our first game ended."

Hastings had 20 shots in the game, something Meier was thrilled about.

"That was one of the things we talked about – getting ourselves in positions to create opportunities," he said. "We did that."

Vs Sibley

Hastings lost to Henry Sibley in the season's second game on Aug. 24, 3-2.

"It went back and forth," Meier said. "Sibley and us are very comparable. The difference was, we were about a half-step behind in a few key instances."

Sibley took a 1-0 lead, but Hastings cut the lead to 1-1 before halftime.

About 10 minutes into the second half, Sibley went back up 2-1.

Maria Rother, though, tied the game 2-2 with a penalty kick.

Late in the game, though, Sibley scored the game winner, which came with about seven minutes to play.

"We kept playing until the whistle, but we just couldn't get another one," Meier said. "We had two or three good opportunities to tie it or walk away with a win. It just didn't happen for us.

"I like the effort and the energy so far. We're off to a good start."

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings 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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