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Raiders soccer team falls in SEC opener to Stillwater, 7-0

Suburban East Conference action wasn't kind to the Hastings girls soccer team this week. After a 2-0 start to the season, Hastings lost to Stillwater in the SEC opener, 7-0.

"Stillwater jumped out on us once that whistle blew," coach Scott Meier said. "They didn't really give us a chance to settle in. We weathered the storm at first, but at a certain point in time, their speed up front caught up with us. They didn't allow us to settle in and get any composure with the ball. We never really had possession.

"It was an early test for us. It highlighted some things we have to work on, but it doesn't take away our progress to this point. We just ran into a better team at this particular point in the season."

Meier was happy to see how much fight his team had in it, though.

"They kept working at it, trying to muster up some opportunities," he said. "We just couldn't get the result we wanted."


Hastings plays host to Apple Valley at 7 p.m. Saturday night for girls soccer youth night. Any girls who come to the game in their soccer jerseys will get in for free.

"We're looking for a large crowd with all our younger players," Meier said. "We're welcoming all of them to come watch our game and cheer us on. We'll welcome the support. Apple Valley is going to be a tough opponent for us."

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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