The Hastings High boys soccer team punched its ticket to the state tournament Saturday, qualifying for its sixth straight state appearance.
The Tigers beat Scottsbluff 3-1 in their substate match at Lloyd Wilson Field.
“I think it’s exciting for the program to continue the streak,” said HHS head coach Mike Nanfito. “Hopefully, as we get through this next week, we’ll make sure we prepare ourselves and make sure we’re ready to play next Friday. Hopefully, we can give ourselves the opportunity to be competitive at the state tournament.”
It didn’t take long for Hastings High to get on the scoreboard, as Rudy Escobar scored the game’s first goal after splitting two Bearcat defenders and firing a shot past the goalkeeper.
“There were two defenders in front of me, and I saw that I had the space, so I just took the two defenders on,” Escobar said. “I looked up and saw the right side of the goal was open, so I just shot it there.”
The Hastings High girls soccer team also qualified for the state tournament with a 2-0 road victory over Elkhorn.
The Tigers went into Satuday’s match as the No. 12 seed in the substate tournament, taking on the fifth seed. But the HHS offense scored one goal in each half, and Bailey Petzoldt recorded seven saves to maintain the shutout.
Alex Schmidt and Bailey Richman tallied the two goals for the Tigers, both coming off of assists from Marika VanBrocklin.
Hastings High will be the No. 7 seed at the state tournament, which begins Thursday. The Tigers will take on No. 2 Omaha Skutt at 6 p.m. at Michael G. Morrison S.J. Stadium in Omaha.