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Offense still eluding HHS boys soccer team

The Hastings boys soccer team is still looking to find its lost offense.

This week, Hastings went without a goal. That brings the team's total scoreless streak to six games.

Over those six games, Hastings has been outscored 19-0, including Tuesday's 9-0 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall.

"I don't know what it is," Hastings coach Shane Lanning said. "I don't have an answer."

For the Cretin game, Hastings switched up its formation to 4-4-2, leaving four forwards up front.

That helped Hastings get some more shots on goal. The Raiders had nine shots on goal Tuesday.

"Capitalizing on those chances, it hasn't come our way yet," Lanning said. "I'm hoping it happens sooner rather than later."

Lanning said that Hastings has faced a number of tough Suburban East Conference teams lately, and that his team continues to give it their all.

"One thing that continues to happen is that the second half continues to be a strong point," Lanning said. "We come back strong in the second half. They don't give up. That's still the bright spot.

"That's nice to see. They're not throwing in the towel when things go south. Everyone is still positive, even on the bus rides home. Nobody is hanging their heads."

The Raiders have a 2-8 record on the season.

The scoreless streak began Thursday, Sept. 6, when Hastings lost to Roseville, 2-0.

On Sept. 8, Hastings lost to Rosemount, 3-0.

On Sept. 11, White Bear won over the Raiders, 4-0.

Mahtomedi blanked Hastings on Sept. 13, 1-0.

On Sept. 15, Henry Sibley shutout Hastings, 3-0.