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Boys soccer: Hastings wins back-to-back games

The Hastings boys soccer team put together two wins in row last week after a 2-1 win over Forest Lake on Thursday.

Hastings beat New Richmond earlier in the week. The wins were the first two of the season for Hastings.

"We finally got the monkey off our back with our win against New Richmond, and then we followed it right up with this win against Forest Lake," Hastings coach Shane Lanning said. "It was good to have back-to-back wins. That gives the guys some confidence going into this week."

Hastings fell behind early, surrendering a goal just a few minutes into the game. But before the midway point of the half, the Raiders had tied it on a goal by Sam Ritt, which came on a corner kick.

"It was a nice little back-post ball served in," Lanning said. "Sam got a foot on it and put it home. It was a pretty nice-looking goal."

A Forest Lake player drew a red card in the second half, and the Rangers were forced to play a man down.

"That opened the field up quite a bit for us," Lanning said. "We had quite a few opportunities in the second half. We were able to control the ball a lot in the second half."

The game-winning goal was scored by Jake Siewert. The scoring play began with Ryan Simons on defense, who moved the ball ahead to the midfielders. They played a through-ball into the corner. Siewert got a shot on goal, a couple players crashed the net, the ball bounced around and came back to Siewert, who put it in the goal.

"The tenacity of the guys was pretty impressive," Lanning said. "They really attacked the goal. They really wanted to go up in the second half."

Lanning praised the efforts of the Raiders, many of whom had strong games.

Lanning said the game was won because of the play at midfield. A few newcomers played big roles there, including Keegan McIntosh and Bailey Platson. Alex Lewanski also drew praise from Lanning.

Ritt didn't start the game, but came in and contributed the first-half goal.

Vs Woodbury

Hastings' win streak came to an end Tuesday night when Woodbury beat the Raiders, 4-0. The Royals are the No. 7 ranked team in Class 2A.