Hastings, NE -- On a day filled with plenty of snow that needed to be removed from the field in order for the Hastings College and Concordia University soccer teams to compete in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship, it was also a day that ended with fireworks. The fireworks came following a golden goal from the Broncos to give Hastings back-to-back exciting conference tournament titles defeating Concordia 1-0 in double overtime on a cold night at Lloyd Wilson Field Thursday night.
On a night where the Broncos dominated most of the possession and the stat column, things looked like a shootout was inevitable just over halfway through the second overtime when Jenny Sells (SR/Woodland Park, CO) headed a ball into the box where things would get interesting.
Berkley Sharp (SO/Basehor, KS) then headed the ball deeper into the box forcing goal keeper Lindsey Carley to come off her line but she was unable to get her hands on the ball as Courtney Doeschot (SO/Omaha, NE) found the ball at her feet as she deposited her shot into the back of the net for the golden goal in the 106th minute. This sent the team and the student body into an absolute frenzy as Hastings all but sealed a home game for the opening round of the national tournament.
Head Coach Chris Clements talked about the big win, "Obviously our defense played fantastic, making sure we had everything covered and that we were organized at the back," Clements said. "You know, Courtney took an extra touch and found her spot you know, she didn't try to rush it and was kind of composed there."
Hastings dominated the shot column but the game of soccer certainly doesn't reward you as the Bulldogs had the first quality scoring opportunity in the 49th minute when corner kick found the foot of Michaela Twito at the top of the six yard box but her shot met with the crossbar and bounded away as the score remained 0-0.
The Broncos would continue to keep up the pressure and would come close to taking the lead in the 69th minute when the free kick from Olivia McMahon (SO/Omaha, NE) looked like it would find the back of the net only to connect with the crossbar as the game would remain 0-0.
Hastings would go on to dominate the overtime periods with finally led to the heroics of Doeschot.
Clements would go on to talk about moving on to the national tournament and what he expects, "Obviously it's nice having a little bit over a week so we can get a couple of days off as we will find out Monday who we will play and then we will try and go from there," Clements continued. "Obviously we are a bit lucky to be riding that shutout and we want to keep going and we will need to get our offense going a little more next time."
The Broncos finished the night with an 18-to-5 advantage in shots but just a 6-to-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Hastings improves to 16-0-3 and will now wait until Monday to see what seed the Broncos will be and who will come to town for the opening round of the national tournament. The bracket reveal will be Monday Nov. 12 at 11:00 p.m. CT and you can find that link here.