The Midland University soccer teams faced off against Hastings College in a pair of top-20 GPAC matches at Heedum Field on Tuesday night.
The No. 18 ranked Midland women’s team played to a draw against the No. 20 ranked Broncos squad, while the Warriors men fell to the No. 8 ranked Hastings team, 2-0.
In the women’s match, Midland and Hastings played to a 0-0 stalemate after battling through two extra time periods. Both defenses picked up their 10th shutout of the season, and Midland extended their scoreless streak to 880 consecutive minutes.
“It was a hard fought game between two very good teams,” Midland coach Greg Jarosik said. “Our defense once again rose to the challenge. Courtney Tjards and Hannah Steward both played especially well this evening.”
The Lady Warriors nearly came away with the win in the 110th minute as Steward had a shot from about 15 yards out sail over the charging keeper with just 25 seconds left.
“We had some decent looks at the goal and nearly found a way to win it,” Jarosik said. “The effort was good from everyone tonight.”
Midland held an 11-9 advantage in shots and a 5-2 upper-hand when it came to shots on goal.
On the men’s side, the No. 8 Broncos proved too much for Midland as they netted a goal in each half to earn a 2-0 victory.
The Broncos broke the seal in the 28th minute as they were able to get the ball past the Warriors on a second surge after Midland stifled their first attempt.
The Warriors looked to clear the ball up the far sideline but it was intercepted by a streaking Bronco and then crossed over to the near side and past a diving Shazz Heale.
The second half saw things get a lot more physical and the officials took note of it as they handed out multiple cards. Overall there were 12 cards issued, 11 in the second stanza. Midland received four yellows and a red while the Broncos had five yellow and had two players sent off.
Hastings’ second goal, which put the game away, came after a throw in and run out. The Broncos got behind the defense and after a cross to the far side drew the keeper out that way a flick to the middle found their teammate for the goal in the 64th minute.
Both teams had equal shots on the night as they each took four shots, all on goal.
Both Midland squads will travel to Dordt College to take on the Defenders on Saturday in Sioux Center, Iowa. The women’s game is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the men’s game will kick off at 3:15 p.m.