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Girls soccer team is 4-4 after 3-0 win

Through eight games this season, the Hastings girls soccer team has nothing to hang its head about - the Raiders have a 4-4 record, bolstered by a 3-0 win last weekend over Visitation.

"We're real happy with where we are at right now," coach Scott Meier said. "We have to start putting full games together in a conference match now. Most of our non-conference season is through, except for one match against Rosemount. The rest of the way it is conference opponents, and the schedule doesn't get any easier for us right now."

In the win over Visitation on Saturday, the two teams played a scoreless first half.

"It was a well played first half," Meier said. "We had some chances. There was some good play by both teams. Our defense was playing pretty well. All things considered, I was very happy with our first half."

In the second half, Hastings poured it on.

"We were trying to work the middle of the field a lot better in the second half," Meier said. "We got some possession early on and we built some attack."

Nicole Hollar notched the team's first goal when she put a well-placed shot into the upper left-hand corner of the net.

"That got us going," Meier said. "After you score a goal like that, you see the momentum carry through."

Hastings had the ball on Visitation's end and Taylor Burr served a ball into the box. Hanna Norman was there and stuck the ball in the back of the net.

"As a coach, I don't think you could draw that play up any better," Meier said.

Late in the game, Hastings got a corner kick and Burr played it into the box. Hollar got the ball on a deflection and scored.

In goal, Cortney McDonald earned the shutout for the Raiders.

"We came out with some fire in that one," Meier said. "We've shown we can play. The girls went out there and played a full game. I was real happy and proud of the way everybody contributed. Everybody was able to get some good minutes in."