It isn’t often that soccer fans get to see a long distance shot find the back of the net, but they did in Tuesday’s Class B, District 7 semifinal match between Hastings High and Grand Island Central Catholic.
The Tigers’ Rudy Escobar provided it, scoring from 40 yards out. When the ball hit the back of the net, Escobar pointed his hand up and then looked down with a grin, shaking his head, as if he couldn’t believe he just scored either.
“Not really. At first, I didn’t even think it was going to go in,” he said. “I just took the shot and it was a cheap shot. I was lucky. I was open so I just took it.”
Escobar ended up with two goals and an assist as No. 1-seeded Hastings High (12-4) defeated the Crusaders (5-10) 5-0 to advance to the district championship match for the sixth consecutive season.
Hastings, ranked ninth in Class B, plays York at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Hastings College’s Lloyd Wilson Field.