Tigers face tough test at state

Hastings High players celebrate their Class B-5 district
championship after defeating Crete 1-0 May 2 in York.

The Gretna boys soccer team enters the Class B state tournament on an eight-game winning streak, outscoring its opponents 20-4 in the process.

With the Dragons being Hastings High’s first opponent of the Class B state tournament, it’s promising that the Tiger defense is starting to come around late in the season after posting two consecutive shutouts in the B-5 District tournament.

The No. 2-seeded Dragons (13-4) and seventh-seeded Tigers (9-7) will meet in the opening round 6 p.m. Thursday at Creighton University’s Morrison Stadium in Omaha.

The Dragons average 2.8 goals per game and possess two dynamic scorers in juniors Travis Agagah (13 goals) and Jacob Ridpath (12 goals). Agagah also leads the squad with seven assists.

HHS head coach Mike Nanfito said that it’s important for the Tiger defense to not let those two playmakers get out in front of the defense, which is what Gretna wants to accomplish.

“Organization is a major key for us. Come Thursday night, we need to make sure we track runners,” said Nanfito, who is coaching the Tigers to their fifth straight state tournament. “Gretna is good on the ball, and when they’re off the ball, they’re very good at making dynamic runs and getting forward. If we do that, we can have some success.”

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