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Hastings soccer teams wrap up regular season, head into sections

The Hastings Raiders boys' and girls' soccer teams both wrapped up their regular seasons this past week as they head into section playoffs. The boys' finished tied for third in the Metro East Conference after a loss at Mahtomedi cost them a share of the MEC championship. Meanwhile, the girls won three of their last five and go into the playoffs with a record of 7-8-1.

Boys come oh so close

Heading into their showdown with the Mahtomedi Zephyrs on Thursday, Oct. 4, the Raider boys had won four matches in a row and eight of their last 10. With a win they would have come away with at least a share of the MEC championship, but they fell 2-1 after being tied 0-0 at halftime. Scoring for the Raiders was senior Joe Carlson.

Two days before, Hastings traveled to Henry Sibley for the first part of a road trip to end the season and won 3-1. Carlson, senior Logan Boogren and sophomore Japheth Guidissa all scored for the Raiders as they put the Warriors away in the second half.

Carlson finishes the regular season as the team leader in goals (15) and points (18), as well as being in the top-25 in goals scored in the state. Boogren set the mark with eight assists while the Raiders had 11 different players score goals and 15 registered assists.

The boys finish with an overall record of 10-4-0 and were 6-2-0 in the MEC. They earned the No. 6 seed in section 4AA and will play at No. 3 North St. Paul on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. Should the Raiders win, they will play the winner of No. 2 East Ridge and No. 7 Tartan on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the high seed. Early on in the season, Hastings lost at North St. Paul 8-2 and they won at Tartan 2-1.

Girls hang around .500

The Hastings girls ended their regular season with four matches in six days, in which they went 2-2. They won their two home matches against St. Paul Como Park, 5-0, on Monday and then in the final game on Saturday against Bloomington Kennedy, 4-0.

Sophomore Jaida Hanson (2) and freshman Bella Meier (3) accounted for the five goals against Como Park. In between those two games were losses on the road to Henry Sibley (3-1) and Mahtomedi (7-0).

The Raiders finish the regular season 7-8-1 overall and 2-5-0 to tie for sixth in the conference. They earned the No. 7 seed in section 3AA and will play No. 2 seed Rosemount in Rosemount on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. Should they win, they would play winner of No. 3 Eastview and No. 6 Henry Sibley. Hastings did not play either Rosemount or Eastview this season and had a 3-1 loss at Henry Sibley.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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