HC Men’s Soccer ready to tackle 2020 season

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 9:14 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Fall sports are right around the corner, and as of right now the NAIA plans on continuing with their sports seasons.

One of those teams is the Hastings College men’s soccer team. Last season was a year to remember for the Broncos. They finished the season with a record of 20-3-3 and were dynamite in the postseason. After taking home the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship, they made a run all the way through the NAIA National Tournament, falling just short in the national championship game.

“We’ve been kind of itching to get back out on the field since that National Championship game, so now we’re finally getting that opportunity to do it,” Hastings College Men’s Soccer Coach Tim Bohnenkamp said. “I think our team for the most part has done really well in terms of trying to maintain a positive mentality, and trying to help their neighbors and help themselves in terms of the pandemic. So I’m really proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish so far and now we’re just ready to get to play again.”

After not getting hardly any offseason work in because of COVID-19, they’re ready to finally practice as a team once again starting on August 15.

“They’re gonna be well rested. Now the challenges are that they really haven’t touched a ball, so we’re gonna have to work a lot on the technical side of soccer to make sure we compete at the highest level,” Bohnenkamp said. “I know the guys have done as much as they could with the limited opportunities as they have. As much as they want to play, we had to make sure they were staying home and not being in groups of six or more.”

The NAIA announced Tuesday night that the national championships for volleyball, cross country, and men’s/women’s soccer, have been moved to the spring. Right now they are tentatively scheduled for late April. The reigning GPAC champs are all for it.

“I’m absolutely pumped for it. Now instead of having a noncompetitive spring season, we get a full calendar year of competing. Any competitor will take this opportunity and use it,” Bohnenkamp said. “Our guys are absolutely jazzed to be able to play ten full months instead of the four that we usually get.”

The Broncos are set to start regular season play September 5, when they travel to Kansas to play Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

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