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Girls start soccer season with 6-2 win

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Hastings beat Henry Sibley in girls soccer on Saturday, 6-2, in the season opener for both teams.

The Raiders were led offensively by Emma Kampa, who had three goals.

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"That was her first start as a forward," coach Scott Meier said. "She had a coming out party. It was real nice to see. She stayed aggressive all game and she used her speed. I think that caught them off guard a little bit."

Hanna Norman finished with two goals and an assist.

"She was strong on both sides of the ball," Meier said. "She challenged the ball well and distributed the ball well and she took shots when they were there.

"Both of her goals, she was very assertive in driving to the net and tucking it away. That's what you'd expect out of a captain."

Hannah Sieh, also a captain, had one goal.

"She had a solid game up and down the field," Meier said. "We were real happy with that."

Maria Rother had two assists for Hastings. Also recording assists were Casey Webber, Nicole Hollar and Taylor Burr.

"The thing you see there is that there were different players involved offensively," Meier said. "It's good to have that depth and to have multiple players figure in on the scoring. We were able to play everybody throughout the match - everyone got decent minutes in. They all had a chance to contribute."

Cortney McDonald got the start in goal for Hastings and earned the win.

"She stopped four or five legitimate breakaway plays by Sibley throughout the match," Meier said.

Sibley took a 1-0 lead early in the match, but Hastings countered quickly. Sibley then took another lead, this one at 2-1. About 10 minutes later Hastings tied it and then, just before halftime, Hastings added a goal and took a 3-2 lead into the break.

Hastings then added three more goals in the second half to pull away.

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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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