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Girls soccer: Raiders earn first win

The Hastings girls soccer team notched its first win of the season last week, beating Farmington, 1-0, Sept. 8.

The game's lone goal came in the second half when junior Courtney Boucher was tripped inside the box. Hastings was awarded a penalty kick, and Whitney Vought buried the ball to give the Raiders the lead.

"I saw some good things in that game," Hastings coach Joanne Teigland said. "It's there. We're just so close."

Teigland said through the Farmington game she saw spurts of very good play. She's hoping to turn those spurts into streams.

"It's not consistent yet, and that's the hard part," she said. "We're just not playing consistently."

Hastings has a 1-4 record on the season.

Vs Mounds View

Hastings played the state's No. 7-ranked team in Class AA, Mounds View, to a close 2-0 game last week. Hastings lost, but Teigland saw some good things come out of the game, especially regarding the defense.

"We tracked really well on defense," Teigland said. "That's probably the best defensive game I've seen with this crew here. They didn't lose their marks. They knew where their players were. They didn't get caught ball-watching.

"There were a lot of positives to take away from that game."

Last season, Mounds View beat Hastings, 8-0.

Vs North St. Paul

Hastings lost to North St. Paul Monday night (senior night), 2-1.

Hastings scored its lone goal in the second half after a scramble in front of the net. To Teigland, it appeared as though Torri Holm scored the Hastings goal.

Strong play

Teigland praised the play of her goalie, Chelsea Rich.

She had an especially noteworthy save in the game against North on Monday, Teigland said.

"Oh, my gosh," she said. "She made the most amazing save Monday night. It was crazy. Crazy good.

"The girl was probably four feet away from her, at most, and she drilled this ball. Chelsea stopped it. It was awesome. It was a great save."

Jackie Sorenson, the Hastings sweeper, also drew praise from Teigland.