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Sibley smashed in girls soccer season start

The Hastings girls soccer team has already equaled its win total from the 2010 season.

On Thursday, in the season opener, Hastings beat Henry Sibley, 3-0. The Raiders scored two first-half goals, then added another in the second half.

"They played so awesome," coach Joanne Teigland said. "It was so fun. They played really well. We dominated pretty much the entire game. There was about five minutes in the beginning of the second half where Sibley came out a little harder, but then we just shut them down."

Leslie Lucking scored the season's first goal, assisted by Hanna Norman and Jenna Sorenson. Norman had won the ball, looked up and moved it along to Sorenson, who found Lucking.

"Leslie has a strong, strong left foot," Teigland said. "It was buried in the back of the net. It was awesome."

The second goal was scored by Sorenson.

"She's just super, super quick," Teigland said. "She's making nice runs, so the girls can feed it to her pretty easily. She has such a strong shot, too. It's crazy. It seems like she is getting her shot off a lot quicker this year, too."

The third goal, scored in the second half, was credited to Jenna Sorenson again. She was assisted by Norman.

The next day of practice was an odd one for the Raiders and for Teigland, she said. It was the first time in Teigland's 10 years of coaching that her team had won its season opener.

"Usually, after the first game, there's a laundry list of things we have to work on," she said. "I was like, you guys did everything right. I didn't even know how to react."

Teigland credited the strong play by the Raiders to their summer coaches, Scott Meier and Gordy Rother.

"There's a big group of girls who play together in the summer with Scott and Gordy," Teigland said. "It's pretty evident they trained them well. It makes my job a lot easier here."

Jackie Stark played in goal for Hastings and got the shutout. Jackie Sorenson and Mackenzie Robinson had strong games in front of Stark, Teigland said.

"They're two really strong defenders," Teigland said.