BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — On Oct. 20, the Hastings College men’s soccer team lost its second straight game and sixth of the season in a 1-0 shutout at Northwestern. Since then, the Broncos were 5-0 and had outscored their opponents 17-1 entering the opening round of the NAIA national tournament.
Make that 6-0.
Hastings College held previously unbeaten Oklahoma Wesleyan, the nation’s top scoring team, to just one goal in a 4-1 win Saturday to advance to the second round of the national tourney — marking the fifth straight year HC has won its opening-round game of national tournament.
“I think (our team is) excited. I know I’m excited. This is the proving ground now. When you get to this point, everyone you play is going to be good. They’re going to be top-10 or top-15 type teams,” HC head coach Chris Kranjc said. “The road isn’t easy by any means, but that’s the challenge and that’s what these guys relish at this point.”
HC (16-6) advances to the second round in Montgomery, Ala. The unseeded Broncos will play eighth-seeded Southern Poly (Ga.), which improved to 14-5-1 with a 3-1 win over Spring Arbor (Mich.) Saturday.