Sioux Center, IA - It was not the start the Hastings College men's soccer team was looking for but the finish certainly made up for it by defeating Dordt 6-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Early on, the teams were trying to feel each other out as the score remained 0-0 into the 32nd minute when Dordt would strike first.
Following a Bronco turnover, Dordt would send a long ball that found Mason Faucett open behind the Bronco defense and he would chip his shot over keeper Joe White (SR/London, England) for the 1-0 lead.
In the 37th minute, Hastings would take advantage of a foul about 25 yards out when Daniel Whitehall (JR/Warrington, England) placed the ball and while the keeper Seth Lewison was trying to place the wall, Whitehall took the kick and buried it into the net to tie the game 1-1.
The score remaining 1-1 into the second half when Hastings would begin to take control of the contest.
Hastings wasted no time grabbing control of the game as Damien Austen (SR/Kearney, NE) sent a ball to the top of the 18 where Brayant Toro (SO/Cali, Colombia) flick a perfect pass to Jonathan Lopez (FR/Omaha, NE) as he beat Lewison for the 2-1 lead in the 46th minute.
In the 59th minute, Lopez was looking to go up for a header but would get taken out in the box setting up a penalty kick. Whitehall blasted it off the keepers finger tips but still found the net to make it 3-1.
In the 66th minute, Toro would take full advantage of a Defender turnover as he would thread a ball through to a wide open Whitehall for the easy goal and the 4-1 lead. This was Whitehall's third goal of the game for the hat-trick.
The Broncos would add two more goals as Whitehall picked up his fourth goal in the 72nd minute and Nick Hinds (SR/Lincoln, NE) scored his first goal of the year in the 74th minute as the Broncos ran away with the win. Whitehall now has 10 goals on the season.
Hastings out shot Dordt 14-2 including a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal.
The Broncos move to 6-3 (1-0) on the year and will be back in action Saturday Sept. 30 as Briar Cliff comes to town for homecoming with kick-off set for 7:45 p.m. at Lloyd Wilson Field.