Bronco men's soccer goes down a man, still advance in NAIA Tournament
The Hastings College men's soccer team had to battle through adversity on Friday in order to come up with a 2-0 win over Friends University in the start of the NAIA Opening Round play in game.
The Falcons of Friends University did their best in the first half to keep the game close against the Broncos, and did so as they only allowed one goal coming late in the 1st half. The Broncos defense did a great job in the first half by blocking shot and forcing bad shot attempts. The Broncos outshot the Falcons 6-5 with shots on goal in favor of the Broncos as well 5-0.
In the 22nd minute, after multiple offensive attempts for the Broncos, Magnus Olafsson (FR/Gardabaer, Iceland) took a shot off a deflection and was able to send the ball into the back of the net to give the Broncos the advantage. What could have been costly mistake by the Broncos, turned out fine as they were forced to be down a man due back-to-back yellow cards by the same player. Hastings would take the 1-0 advantage into halftime.
Down to just 10 men, the Broncos came out the second half looking to spread the ball around while still looking to pad their lead and take stress off the defense. As they kept up on the offensive pressure, Olafsson was able to take a shot off a goalkeeper deflection for his second goal of the game. With 24 minutes left in the game, the Broncos would take a 2-0 lead. The Broncos defense would continue to hold off the attack from the Falcons and the Broncos would go on to win 2-0.
The Falcons would lead the Broncos 19-10 on shots, but the Broncos took quality over quantity as they led 8-2 on shots on goal. The Broncos were unable to pick up a single corner kick on the day compared to five for the Falcons. Jesus Parra (JR/Salinas, CA) was perfect for the Broncos with both saves to help shutout the Falcons. Parra would have to come out of the game in the 78 minute due to injury and Mateo Cuartas (SR/Medellin, Colombia) would come in and finish out the game for the Broncos. Friends led the Broncos in only one other category, which was fouls, as they led 16-12.
Hastings improves to 17-2-2 on the season and will play again Saturday Nov. 23rd as they take on host William Penn University at 4 p.m. CT for a chance to head to California.