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Boys soccer: Hastings gets 2-1 win

The Hastings boys soccer team had a big goal going into this year's season. It was to be more offensive and, ultimately, that means their goal was to score more goals.

Through the first seven games of the year, the team wasn't able to accomplish that, scoring twice as they began the campaign with an 0-7 mark.

On Monday, though, things turned around a bit for the Raiders as they beat a non-conference opponent, New Richmond, 2-1.

Hastings coach Shane Lanning said the Raiders switched up their formation, adding an extra body up front. That apparently worked well as the Raiders picked up two goals and got their first win of the year.

Hastings is now 1-7 on the season.

Vs Rosemount

Hastings lost to Rosemount on Saturday, 2-0, in a game dominated by the wind.

Rosemount took a 1-0 lead into halftime. They scored their second goal with about 10 minutes to play.

"I told the guys after the game, that was the best game I had seen them play," Lanning said. "We had lots of shots. Lots of possession. Unfortunately, Rosemount got two goals and we didn't. We just haven't been able to find the net. It's coming around."

Goalkeeper Dan Green had another good game, Lanning said.

"One of their main players just made a really good play and put it in the net," Lanning said. "Beyond that, Dan (Green) had some pretty nice saves. He kept us in the game. He played extremely well."

Austin Evenson, a senior, saw considerable varsity time in the Rosemount game and played well, Lanning said.

"He earned himself a spot to start," Lanning said. "We will see if he can be the spark we need up front."

Vs Mounds View

Hastings lost to Mounds View on Thursday, Sept. 9, 3-0.

"They came out and played a really good game," Lanning said of Mounds View. We were definitely on the flat side. We didn't play terribly. We just simply didn't come quite prepared to play that game."

Hastings fell behind 2-0 early in the first half. Lanning then started experimenting with the lineup. Sophomore goalkeeper Ian Johnson got in the game and played for a half.

It was his first varsity action.