Against most opponents, the Hastings High girls soccer team has a big advantage with its speed and athleticism in the attacking third.
They were times against Class A No. 10 Kearney on Tuesday that an HHS forward had some room to create an attack. But the Bearcats almost always got back on defense in time to thwart any HHS scoring chance.
The Tiger offense finished with just four shots, resulting in a 1-0 loss to the Bearcats at the HHS soccer fields that dropped the Class B No. 8 Tigers fell to 10-3 on the season. All three of Hastings High's losses have been by a 1-0 score.
Tiger head coach Chris Pedroza told the team at the beginning of the season that it would be able to score a lot of goals with its speed. Whether it's by a through ball or going up and over defenders, he knew his squad could create a mismatch.
"But when you play against a team like Kearney with fast defenders," he said, "they're obviously going to keep up with your defenders and that's what happened today."