After knocking off third-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan (19-1-1) in the opening round of the national tournament, the Hastings College men’s soccer team earned itself a trip back to the final site of the tourney in Montgomery, Ala.
The No. 22 Broncos (16-6-0) held the nation’s second highest scoring team to just one goal in a 4-1 win in Bartlesville, Okla., on Nov. 17. In Hastings College’s second-round matchup, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, it will have to prepare for a Southern Poly (Ga.) team that has a very different philosophy than Oklahoma Wesleyan.
The No. 11 Hornets (14-5-1) may not have the same firepower as the Eagles, but Southern Poly is just as effective on defense as Oklahoma Wesleyan was on offense. The Hornets have allowed just 14 goals in 20 games this season. Southern Poly is eighth in the NAIA with nine shutouts on the year.
Southern Poly is going to need its defense to play well against the Broncos, who are sixth in the country in goals scored with 74. Hastings College is no slouch on defense either. The Broncos have recorded 10 shutouts and have allowed just 17 goals this year.