By Jerod Fox
Following Wednesday's gut-check against Benedictine that broke no. 1 Hastings' 30 match unbeaten streak, the Broncos were able to bounce back against no. 4 University of Northwestern Ohio, 2-1. In the first match of the Baker (Ks.) Classic, Hastings used stifling defense and a golden goal from senior Lucas Venegas (SR/Grand Island, NE) to lift them to victory.
The Broncos were able to strike first just 10 minutes into the game, off the foot of junior Daniel Whitehall (JR/Warrington, England), his third goal in as many matches. The Broncos were able to keep the Racers off the board in the first half, spreading out the field and maintaining control of the ball for the most part.
The second half was much of the same. Hastings controlled possession and had a few shots on goal, none of which were able to connect. With 10:45 remaining in regulation, an injury substitution took Whitehall off the field, and momentum switched. The Racers were able to find their stride, and pushed the ball to Hastings' end of the field until Pascal Debowiak was awarded a penalty kick with just under four minutes remaining. Debowiak was able to connect on the shot and push the match to extra time.
It didn't take long in extra time for Hastings to put the game away. Not even two minutes in, and Whitehall was able to start an attack, drawing three Racer defenders around him. He flicked the ball up to Venegas, who snuck a shot past the keeper and carried the Broncos to victory.
Hastings improves to 2-1 on the year, and will take the field again in Baldwin City on Monday against 6th ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan.