Soccer girls win again
Torri Holm wanted to help her team. She came into the season as a forward, but approached head girls soccer coach Joanne Teigland and said she'd be willing to play wherever needed. She just wanted to see the field.
During a game last week, Teigland moved Holm to defense, where she had a strong game. Then Teigland got another idea - she wanted to try Holm at goalie.
"I asked her if she could get some goalie gloves in time for our game on Saturday," Teigland said.
Holm got to work on the phone and ended up getting in touch with former Hastings goalie Danielle Welch, who is now playing collegiate hockey at Boston College. Welch had a strong soccer career in blue and gold, and was happy to help Holm out. She gave her permission to use her gloves.
So, come Saturday night, Holm got the start in the nets for Hastings. When she showed up with a pair of well-used goalie gloves, Teigland didn't know what to think.
"I asked one of our coaches, 'Where did she get those? A garage sale on the way to the game? They're old and nasty,'" Teigland said.
That's when the coach learned from Holm that she had picked them up from Welch's home. Teigland couldn't believe it.
"Do you know how many awesome, incredible amazing saves are in those gloves?" Teigland asked Holm.
Turns out, there were some saves left in them. Holm ended up shutting out Apple Valley in the game, and the Raiders won, 1-0.
"Torri played out of her mind," Teigland said. "She was unbelievable in goal. She doesn't have any goalie training - she just played. She made some saves that were unbelievable."
The game-winning goal was scored with 28 minutes and 55 seconds left in the game. Jenna Marier had the ball in a corner and crossed it. Hanna Norman came flying in and buried the ball in the back of the net.
"It was a really fun game," Teigland said. "I'm super proud of the girls. Hopefully we can continue this and keep playing well. These girls, they work hard. They are fun. They get it. It's been pretty exciting."
Hastings is now 3-3 on the season.
Against Roseville on Sept. 8, Hastings lost to Roseville, 3-2.
Hastings scored first, when Nicole Hollar scored. She was assisted by Sami Claussen and Jenna Sorenson.
Roseville then tied the score, but Hastings went back ahead late in the first half when Jenna Marier scored on a throw-in by Marissa Nolan.
Early in the second half, Roseville scored to tie the game. Then, with nine minutes left, Roseville scored the game-winner.
"The girls worked super, super hard," Teigland said. "It was just sad we had to walk away from that one with a loss. We dominated, but you still have to score more goals."
Hastings beat Farmington on Sept. 6, 4-2.
Farmington took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but Hastings countered with two goals.
Hanna Norman scored the first goal on a free kick.
"It was unbelievable," Teigland said of the goal. "She just launched it. It was awesome."
Just two minutes later, Norman scored again. Leslie Lucking took a throw-in and got the ball to Jenna Sorenson, who passed it to Norman.
Farmington tied the game in the second half, but less than two minutes later, Marier scored with an assist from Mackenzie Robinson.
Twenty-five seconds later, Lucking scored on an assist from Norman.
"It was an amazing goal," Teigland said. "It was a bomb. She buried it. We weren't even done celebrating (Jenna's) goal, and, all of a sudden, Leslie scores to put a nail in the coffin."