Warriors Fall to No. 4 Hastings on the Road

HASTINGS, Neb. – Midland University men’s soccer hit the road for the final time during the regular season as they took on No. 4 Hastings. The Warriors fell to the Broncos, 4-0 and move to 9-6 overall and 6-2 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play. With the win, the Broncos improve to 11-2 overall and are unbeaten or tied in conference with an 8-0 mark.

The Broncos started the scoring quickly on the night scoring in the 2nd minute of the game. The three remaining goals came in the 26th, 55th, and an own goal in the 82nd minutes. They used their size to capitalize on corner kicks and found the back of the net two out of their four goals via set pieces.

The match featured two of the NAIA’s top goal scorers in Robert Wiseman and Daniel Whitehall, both with 16 goals coming in. Whitehall almost broke the stalemate late in the game but the goal was credited to Midland’s defense, so the two remain tied after their head to head meeting on Wednesday night.

“Playing Hastings is always going to be a tough game and to concede two early goals didn’t help our chances of winning,” head coach Raphael Martinez said. “Credit to them, they took their chances. We need to shore up some thing’s defensively, but I am confident the guys will sort it out. We must learn from this defeat and recognize we have three really important games left in the regular season, and it’s vital we come away with nine points.”

Midland (9-6, 6-2 GPAC) will return home for their final three games of the regular season. Up first is Briar Cliff (7-5-2, 4-2-1 GPAC) this Saturday, October 20th inside Heedum Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Fremont, Neb.