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Soccer girls lose to Wolfpack, Irish and Royals

Results haven't gotten any better lately for the Hastings girls soccer team.

The Raiders lost on Thursday to park, 7-0. Hastings lost to Rosemount on Saturday, 7-0, and then fell to Woodbury on Tuesday, 6-1.

Hastings now has a 4-8 record on the season.

In the Park game, Hastings had trouble with the speed displayed by the Park players, coach Scott Meier said.

"We could not contain their speed and attacking runs by their forwards," he said. "Park has decent skill, solid defense and good positioning.  Our defense was dealing with their through balls all night. The speed of the artificial turf surface also created some challenges for us to settle the ball down at our feet at times."

While Hastings trailed on the scoreboard, the team kept its energy up, Meier said.

"We got beat to the ball more often than we would like, but our girls kept their energy up and battling the entire match," he said. "We had some opportunities with possession throughout the match but were unable to convert them into results once we got into their defensive third of the field."

Cortney McDonald played goalie and "had several great saves again for us throughout the match," Meier said.

In the loss to Rosemount, the match was close through the first half, then things got away from the Raiders in the second half.

"We switched formations a bit to add a third forward and it was doing OK in the first half despite being down 2-0 at halftime, which were the result of two plays not going our way," Meier said. "Our girls were battling in the first half, but in the second half things came undone and we surrendered five goals in the second half due to some poor defense and misjudging the ball. Rosemount came out strong in the second half and we were unable to handle the pressure. Our ability to possess was hampered by not being first to the ball at times and also not settling the ball when we sought to build up our attack."

While the Raiders lost, Meier saw some positives in the match.

"Cortney had some good saves to keep the match where it was," he said. "Hanna Norman and Kit Ruedy each had a strong game for us in the defensive backfield."