After being shut out in the previous two games, the Hastings College men’s soccer team knew it had to get something going with the end of the regular season drawing near.
Hastings College, which lost 1-0 to Ashford (Iowa) last week in a non-conference game and 1-0 in overtime to GPAC foe Northwestern on Saturday —HC’s first conference loss since 2009 — to drop out of the NAIA top 25, did just that with a 6-0 win over Nebraska Wesleyan on Tuesday night at Lloyd Wilson Field.
With just one regular season game remaining, the win clinches homefield advantage in the conference tournament that opens next week and at least a share of the regular season title for the Broncos (11-6, 8-1 GPAC). HC head coach Chris Kranjc said his team focused this week on getting back to the attacking mindset and taking advantage of their opportunities.
“You look at the last two games against Ashford and Northwestern and part of it was unlucky, part of it was us maybe not being as hungry in the attacking third or the penalty box and thirdly it was just us not being tactical and finishing our opportunities when we had them,” Kranjc said. “We stressed this week just finishing — just scoring, I guess is probably a better term for it. When we have the opportunities, we just have to put our chances away.”