Hastings girls' soccer goes 1-2 but dominates North St. Paul
Three games last week brought the Hastings girls soccer team's record to 3-3 prior to the meat of their Metro East Conference schedule. The Raiders fell in a close game to Park 2-1 on Sept. 5, before routing North St. Paul 7-2 on Sept. 7. They fell at Apple Valley 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 9.
"That was an intense, competitive match," head coach Scott Meier said. "We knew they were going to be taking some long-range shots, we got beat on a good goal but we were happy with our performance. We knew we needed to pick up communication, dial-in our connections with our passing, just get a little bit better ball control and really get some movement and width along the field."
Hastings lone goal came from senior midfielder and co-captain Grace Griffith, assisted by fellow co-captain and senior forward Callie McNary.
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Meier said that they took what they learned from the Park match and applied it days later against North St. Paul.
"Our goals were to talk, talk, talk, get our width and our space, and lets shoot, and we hit on all three of those goal items tonight," he said. "I really applaud the girls on really picking it up one level with the intensity and tempo, and we got rewarded for it tonight."
The Raiders hopped on the Polars right away with two goals not even 10 minutes apart in the middle of the first half. Senior midfielder Emma Matzke scored first and then was followed by a goal from another senior midfielder Brooke Tusa. North St. Paul was able to cut the lead to 2-1, but Hastings responded with another goal from sophomore forward Ari Green to take a 3-1 lead into the half.
Hastings came into the second half just as hot and scored two more goals in the first few minutes. Senior forward Paige Newman scored her goal in the first minute of the half and a minute later Green scored her second goal of the game. Leading 5-1, the Raiders scored another goal just over 10 minutes later, this time from Griffith. Junior midfielder Hannah Hubbart scored eight minutes later to make it 6-1. The Polars were able to grab another goal to end the game but Hastings won 7-2.
The girls traveled to South St. Paul on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and then play at home against Tartan on Tuesday, Sept. 19.