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Hastings boys' soccer starting to hit its stride

The Hastings boys' soccer team has won three matches in a row and have exploded offensively. Meanwhile, after winning two matches in a row, the Raider girls were shut out in two straight matches this past week. Both teams have just two weeks left in their regular season schedule before section playoffs begin.

Boys' offensive explosion

The Raider boys have won three matches in a row and scored a total of 15 goals in those three games, which is five more than they had scored in the previous eight matches combined.

Hastings beat Tartan at home Sept. 19 by a score of 6-2; three of those goals coming from senior midfielder Josh Lewanski. They followed up that performance by beating Pine Island-Zumbrota-Mazeppa 5-3 in Pine Island on Saturday, Sept. 23. Then Tuesday, Sept. 26, they traveled to Hill-Murray where they beat the Pioneers 4-1.

The Raiders are now 6-4-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the Metro East Conference and are in sole possession of third place behind North St. Paul and St. Thomas Academy.

Hastings travels to Simley on Thursday, Sept. 28, and then go to New Life Academy on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Girls are up and down

The Hastings girls' soccer team won two straight games at home over Tartan and Richfield but then lost two straight at Bloomington Jefferson and Hill-Murray.

The Raiders beat Tartan 2-0 on Sept. 19 and then blew out Richfield 10-0 in another home game Sept. 21. However, two days later they lost to Bloomington Jefferson on the road 3-0 and then were routed by Hill-Murray 8-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The girls are 5-6-0 overall, 2-2-0 in the Metro East and are in fifth place. They travel to Simley on Thursday, Sept. 28, and then host St. Paul Central on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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