The Hastings Raiders girls’ soccer team continued its slow start amidst a difficult non-conference schedule with a 2-0 home loss to the Farmington Tigers Tuesday night. The Raiders are now 0-3 with losses to the Tigers, Bloomington Jefferson and Park. Hastings’ offense has been sluggish with just two goals so far on the season.
Farmington took a 1-0 lead into halftime after scoring 17 minutes into the game and added another goal with just under three minutes remaining in the game as Hastings tried to rally. Raider head coach Scott Meier said that it was a good match despite the outcome.
“I wasn’t happy to see the result of course, but I thought both teams got after it tonight,” he said. “They (Farmington) had a couple of injured players not playing tonight, but still I thought they had a pretty good pace to it. I thought our pace matched up well with that, we tried to be physical with them, I think we tried to match them mano a mano in a lot of aspects. We created some opportunities, we had the goal disallowed. Giving up that goal in the first half, that was really the one play that I felt was the only pressing point they had. We just have to defend that harder.”
Hastings outshot Farmington 12-4 but could not quite finish the couple of dangerous chances they were able to generate.
“Our passing at times was going really well, I think we missed a few opportunities to swing the ball a little bit at times to really stretch them out where we could have maybe created some more opportunities,” Meier said about his team’s offense. “I felt at times we got a little bit two-dimensional in terms of attacking down our right or our left and I think we missed some opportunities to play more through the middle.”
Meier said the Raiders can’t dwell on their 0-3 start, but need to learn from it and apply those lessons.
“If we can keep the girls’ mindset, keep the momentum up, keep the energy up, don’t focus on the results right now,” he said. “I want them to learn what they need to learn from this game, then move on and apply, that way we can then keep tweaking it and it gets better and better.”
The Raiders make their annual Duluth trip this weekend and will face Duluth Denfeld on Thursday and Duluth East on Friday. They will hope to get right on the road trip as Metro East Conference play starts on Friday, Sept. 10, against the Tartan Titans, which is the start of three straight home matches for Hastings.
Other Raider scores
Hastings girls’ tennis hosted the Rochester Century Panthers Tuesday and lost 4-3. Claire Keller and Charlotte Kranz both lost 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively, while Reese Keller dropped No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-3. Brooklyn Keller was the Raiders’ lone singles win at No. 4 singles, which she took 4-6, 6-4, 10-6. Chloe Konrady/Molly Moran lost in No. 1 doubles 6-3, 6-2; the team of Autumn Winkler and Ellie Haas won No. 2 doubles 6-3, 6-4; and Ruby Rotty/Mikayla Schuster took No. 3 doubles 6-0, 6-2. They’re next in action on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Eastview.