Hastings College forfeits semifinal match after positive COVID tests

Hastings College men’s soccer forfeits GPAC semifinal match against Briar Cliff
Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 10:54 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings College men’s soccer forfeited its GPAC semifinal match against Briar Cliff Tuesday morning after positive COVID tests within the team. Coach Tim Bohnenkamp said as of this afternoon three players had tested positive.

Without the chance for an automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament, the team is riding out hope for an at-large bid. They are 11-3-1 and finished third in the GPAC standings.

Forfeiting their match took away the chance to control their own fate. It is another tough situation for a year full of them and a hard situation for a team whose shown they are one of the best programs in the NAIA.

“At first it was very difficult,” Senior captain Francisco Arevalo said. “I just couldn’t believe it. Just kind of understanding that it’s not in our hands. It doesn’t do me or the team much good if we just dwell on it for a long time. It’s just keeping our head high and somehow figuring out a way to keep going.”

“We are more worried about the safety of the players,” Bohnenkamp said. “The safety of the people that they’re around. It’s just frustrating that it happened at this time but we understand that it is bigger than what we’re dealing with.”

The NAIA men’s soccer selection show is next Monday, April 19th at 12 p.m.

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