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SEC play unkind to Raiders girls soccer team so far

The Suburban East Conference continues to be unfriendly to the Hastings girls soccer team. Hastings lost three matches over the last week in SEC play. The Raiders now have a 4-6 overall record.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall, 5-1.

"To Cretin's credit, they played a good game - they were aggressive and they were just winning a lot of those 50/50 chances," Hastings coach Scott Meier said.

Hastings got a goal from Nicole Hollar in the second half that was a shot in the arm for the Raiders.

"That gave us a little bit of a spark," Meier said. "We just weren't able to maintain any kind of momentum. They outworked us a little bit more than we would have liked."

On Thursday, Hastings lost to Mounds View, 4-0.

"That was probably the best team we've played this year," Meier said. "They came out and they had a great gameplan and they executed it the entire 80 minutes, but our girls battled. We had a couple opportunities here and there. We just couldn't build that offensive attack like we had hoped before the game started."

Meier said Kit Ruedy was among the Hastings players who had a strong match.

"She did a very good job of handling their pressure," Meier said.

Cortney McDonald continues to play well in goal, Meier said.

"She continues to show good promise despite the results," he said. "She stopped a penalty shot at Cretin, too. She made an awesome save on that one. She made a couple great stops against Mounds View. If she wasn't back there, it could have been 8-0. She continues to show improvement at the varsity level."

On Tuesday, Hastings had hoped to earn that elusive SEC victory, but the Raiders fell to East Ridge, 6-0.

Hastings surrendered five goals in the first half to the Raptors.