HASTINGS, Neb. – No. 22 Midland University men’s soccer came up short in its upset attempt of No. 3 Hastings College on Tuesday night. A pair of second-half goals was the difference for the Broncos on their home field.
“Good teams will punish you for making mistakes and that’s exactly what happened tonight,” said head coach Raphael Martinez. “Hastings is ranked third in the country for a reason. We know that we can play better that we did today, so we’ll move on to our next match and make the necessary improvements.”
It appeared as though the two evenly-matched teams would go into halftime with a scoreless tie, but Hastings found the back of the net with 18 seconds remaining in the first half to take a 1-0 lead.
Midland responded quickly after the break and knotted the score at 1-1 on a goal fromLee Bishop. Mattia Pace assisted on the strike in the 57th minute. As the second half ticked away, the Broncos broke the tie in the 72nd minute. Daniel Whitehall recorded back-to-back goals for the Broncos as he also found the back of the net again in the 77th minute to secure the 3-1 victory.
Whitehall finished the match with five points for the home team.
Hastings owned an 18-8 shot advantage on the night and put five shots on goal compared to Midland’s three.
Shazz Heale suffered his first loss of the season in goal for the Warriors.
Midland falls to 9-2-1 (2-1 GPAC) after having its four-game winning streak snapped. Hastings remains undefeated at 12-0 (4-0).
The Warriors return home this weekend to continue conference play against Dakota Wesleyan University. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Heedum Field in Fremont, Nebraska.