Raiders get in the win column
After three tough losses to begin their season, the Hastings boys soccer team earned a much-needed win on the road Friday, beating New Richmond, Wis., 2-0.
"The guys have worked too hard to not have a win once in a while," Hastings coach Shane Lanning said. "It's a good thing to know what it's like to get on the opposite side of the scoreboard. It's nice to put something in the win column once in a while."
Both Hastings goals were scored by the team's newest forward, Kristian Sebion. He had been playing midfield and was moved up to forward. The move apparently worked.
"It was just nice to see some offensive pressure from us," Lanning said. "I wanted to see Kristian up front to see if he could help put some pressure on. He's very offensive-minded, and he's got a powerful shot. As soon as he got up front, it seemed like we were clicking."
Grant Simons assisted on one goal and Alex Lewanski assisted on the other. Grant Simons had been playing midfield, too.
Both goals were scored in the second half.
"The first half, the play was kind of 50/50," Lanning said. "Then, we started to show our patience and we started to show our fitness. They started chasing us all over the field."
Zach Biermaier played in goal for Hastings and earned the win and the shutout.
Lanning praised Biermaier's play, and the play of the defenders in front of him.
"That was a team shutout," Lanning said. "(The defense) just didn't allow too many good opportunities in the back."
P.J. Piotrowski, Ryan Simons, Lucas Bunting and Sheldon Ritt got the starts on defense and played the majority of the minutes. Alex Melecio played a big role, too.
The Hastings junior varsity won its game, too, giving the Raiders a clean sweep in New Richmond.
"It was a much better bus ride home," Lanning said.
Hastings lost to Stillwater on Friday, 5-0.