Soccer girls nearly upset Mounds View
At first glance, it looks like the Hastings girls soccer team is off to one very rough start. While it is true that the Raiders have an 0-5 record, three of those losses were by one goal, and all three could have gone the other way.
Case in point?
Thursday against Mounds View, a strong Suburban East Conference school that improved to 4-1-1 with the win over Hastings. They were able to sneak out of Hastings with a 2-1 win.
"That game, it was unbelievable," coach Joanne Teigland said. "Honestly, they played so hard and they were so focused. It was just so much fun.
"To come out of it with a loss is really hard."
Hastings held a 1-0 lead at halftime. Nicole Hollar scored the Hastings goal on a rebound. Jenna Sorenson had taken a shot that hit off the crossbar. Hollar was right there and put it in the net.
Mounds View tied the game in the second half, then won it in the second overtime period.
Courtney Boucher played in goal for Hastings, just her fifth match as keeper.
"She played out of her mind," Teigland said. "She had some saves. They were like an ESPN highlight film. She dove for this one. Oh my gosh. She played outstanding."
Jackie Sorenson had another strong game as the team's sweeper, Teigland said.
"She's just so solid," she said. "She's so consistent every game."
Jenna Marier also had a good game, Teigland said.
"She has been working hard and has really stepped up," she said.
"The record doesn't really show how we are playing," Teigland said. "That's unfortunate. We are playing way better than that 0-5 record shows. That 0-5 thing is just a thorn in my side. It shouldn't be that way. Things will start falling our way here soon."
Unfortunately for Hastings, the rest of the road is anything but smooth in terms of the schedule.
Hastings plays No. 5 ranked Woodbury on Sept. 21; No. 9 ranked Stillwater on Sept. 23; No. 7 ranked East Ridge on Oct. 5; and No. 10 ranked White Bear Lake on Oct. 7.
Games against unranked teams from Forest Lake, Park, Cretin-Derham Hall and Prior Lake are also on the schedule.
Hastings lost to Rosemount on Saturday, 3-0.
The Irish got two goals from their Division I prospect, Shade Pratt, and cruised to the win.
"We played OK," Teigland said. "After that loss to Mounds View, it was just so tough. We lost to Roseville, 1-0, then lost to Farmington with 15 minutes left, 1-0. Then the Mounds View game. You come off those three games, you're in every single one of them and you're playing super hard. Then we played Rosemount, and I think we were just spent."