HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings College men's soccer team fell in the NAIA National Championship last Saturday, Dec. 7 to top-ranked Central Methodist, 3-1. It was the Broncos third trip to the final this decade, the first two ended in national titles.
In route to the final, HC took down three of the top-six ranked teams in the country and did it in the span of four days. Entering the tournament, the Broncos were not expected to make it all the way to the final but do not tell that to Tim Bohnenkamp's squad.
"I didn't like how people called us a Cinderella story because everyone in our locker room thought we were the best team out there," Bohnenkamp said. "I thought we got our due reward in terms of we made it to the national final but it was a great run. The kids have a lot to be proud of and the school as well."
While the Broncos failed to add a third star to their jersey, this season and the teams' run this past month solidifies a growing culture of success for the Bronco men's soccer program.
"In this decade alone, we've been in the most finals out of any program in the country," Bohnenkamp said. "I think its so proud to be a part of this program in little old Hastings Nebraska.. to have the greatest soccer program in probably the past 15 years in the NAIA. It's a testament to the alumni who graduated way back then and to where we are now. I think the program is just going to keep growing and growing."
The Broncos end the season ranked second in the final NAIA coaches poll. They finished the season with a record of 20-3-3.