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Boys soccer: Raiders seeking first win

Yes, the Hastings boys soccer team is 0-7 so far this year. But sandwiched between losses between the state's No. 1-ranked team (Apple Valley) and the state's No. 3-ranked team (Woodbury), Hastings played five very close games that literally could have gone either way.

Three of those losses were by one goal, and in one of them, Hastings trailed by just one goal with just 30 seconds left when Forest Lake scored to win by two.

"We've been competitive, so that's encouraging," Hastings coach Marshall Morehead said.

In the 3-1 loss to Forest Lake Sept. 16, Hastings had the ball on Forest Lake's half of the field for most of the second half, but just couldn't get a ball to hit the back of the net.

"I thought that was our best game of the season," Morehead said. "We completely dominated the second half. They really had almost nothing in terms of chances. We played really, really well. That said, we didn't put chances away that we had. Unfortunately, Forest Lake got a break with about 30 seconds left to make the score 3-1."

Mike Young scored the Hastings goal on a penalty kick.

Goalie Dan Green was in net for Hastings.

"I've been really pleased with Dan," Morehead said. "He's got great athleticism and he's been a great rock in the back."

On Sept. 19, Hastings lost to Rosemount, 2-0. The game was tied at halftime, but the Irish added two second-half goals to earn the win.

"We've been competitive, but that doesn't make this any better," Morehead said. "We're still winless on the season. We've been making some progress. I hope it's just a matter of time before we start to see a couple results go our way."

Tuesday night Hastings played No. 3-ranked Woodbury and fell, 3-0. For much of the first half, the score was tied 0-0 until the Royals added a goal. Hastings, though, had its chances in the first half, too.

The Raiders are at No. 10-ranked Stillwater today (Thursday) and play host to Park of Cottage Grove Tuesday, Sept. 29.