Tiger coach sends message to players

Hastings High goalkeeper Bailey Petzoldt blocks a shot during
an overtime shootout against Beatrice during the Class B-5
district championship May 2 in York.

Last season, the story for the Hastings High girls soccer team was that the Tigers had never won a game or even scored a goal at the Class B state tournament.

After seven shutouts at state, that changed when the Tigers defeated Platteview 2-1 in the first round.

“We were able to get the monkey off our backs,” said HHS head coach Chris Pedroza, whose fifth-seeded Tigers (13-3) are back at state and will open with fourth-seeded Columbus Scotus (13-3) Friday at 3 p.m. at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium.

While there is less anxiety for the girls this season as they head to Omaha, there may be more pressure.

After the Tigers survived in a shootout against underdog Beatrice in the district championship game last Thursday — a game where the Tigers had 30 shots on goal but couldn’t put the game away — Pedroza left a strong message.

“I might’ve made a mistake,” Pedroza admitted. “I’m so passionate about the game — I take it so seriously — that it might be my downfall. Sometimes, I think about it and I go back and wonder that perhaps I was too hard on them.”

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