Castle De Ortega's equalizer leads to draw with Midland

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Hastings, NE -- It took 41 minutes, but an equalizer by Rhiannon Castle de Ortega (SR/Newcastle, England) helped the Hastings College women's soccer team to their 1-1 tie with the No. 20 Midland Warriors on Wednesday.

This meeting also marked the third straight meeting between the teams that resulted in a tie, following their 0-0 tie in Fremont on Oct. 10, 2017, and their 0-0 tie on Nov. 4, 2017, in the GPAC Semifinals at Lloyd Wilson Field that resulted in a 3-1 shootout victory for the Broncos.

The Broncos (10-0-3, 7-0-2 GPAC) found themselves behind in the 18th minute when the Warriors' Nayeli Rodriguez got Midland ahead 1-0 with her GPAC-leading 15th goal on the season.

Midland's lead stood for most of the second half, that is until Sally Stoltenberg (JR/Gretna, NE) got the ball to Castle de Ortega who got her team-leading 11th goal to tie up the game in the 41st minute. Castle de Ortega's goal not only tied the game, but also ended an 817-minute shutout streak that the Warriors held, dating back to Midland's 3-1 victory over then-14th ranked Ottawa on Sept. 9, 2018.

Both teams fought tooth and nail throughout the remainder of the first half and the entirety of the second half, but to no avail to send the game into overtime, where both teams threatened, but again could not capitalize.

Castle de Ortega led the Broncos offensively with her game-high six shots on goal.

Hastings will travel to Sioux Center, IA, on Saturday where they will take on the Dordt Defenders. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CST.