Raiders fall to Eagan Wildcats, 3-0
It was a 3-0 loss, but it was probably the best game of the season for the Hastings boys soccer team.
Hastings, the No. 8 seed in the Section 3AA tournament, lost to the section’s No. 1 seeded team from Eagan on Tuesday night.
Eagan is one of the state’s top teams.
“It’s our best loss against the best opponent we’ve played all year long,” coach Shane Lanning said. “It was a nice highlight. Everybody stepped up. They all wanted to be sure they left it all out on the field. The seniors, especially, played extremely hard.
“It was a nice night. There weren’t a lot of heads hanging low after seeing that result.
“We did play extremely well. If we would have had that same level of play during our conference matches, we would have had a few wins in there.”
Eagan scored all three of its goals in the first half.
Tristan Nelson had a couple good opportunities to score for Hastings, and his efforts earned him a spot on the All-Section Tournament team.
“He was definitely a bright spot for us,” Lanning said. “He had a fantastic game.”
Lanning said the play of defensemen Holden Sill (a sophomore), Trevan Rafter (a sophomore), Brad Braun (a freshman) and Alex Santelman (a senior) was especially strong.
“They did very well on the defensive side of things for us,” Lanning said.
Noah Brenny, a freshman midfielder, also “had a very solid game overall,” Lanning said.
Goalie Danny Steiner, a junior, had 11 saves.
Hastings finished with a 2-15 record on the season.
The younger boys soccer team at the school and the middle school all fared well this season, Lanning said, leaving him optimistic about the future of boys soccer in Hastings.
“It does seem that a lot of these guys are going to be playing this summer – they’ve already signed up for teams,” Lanning said. “I think it’s going to be a much different boys soccer program next year, moving into the new conference and seeing some of these freshmen, sophomores and juniors take on leadership roles.”
Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-0.
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Hastings lost to White Bear Lake, 4-0.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, Hastings lost to Park by a score of 5-0.