Hastings Welcomes Home National Title Teams

By: Cassie Anderson Email
By: Cassie Anderson Email

Hastings College officially welcomed home their latest national championship team Wednesday.

Last week the men's soccer team captured the school's first NAIA national title in men's soccer.

You know its unprecedented what they did," Coach Chris Kranjc said.

Hastings College men's soccer team goes undefeated, breaks a 30 year-old record of most goals scored in the national tournament, all on their quest to win the school's first NAIA National Championship. Coach Kranjc say it all started at the beginning of the year.

"This years team, at the beginning of the year, kind of set it and said we can win a national championship if we really focus and we work hard and we're disciplined, we can do it," Kranjc said. "And they did it and I think a lot of them achieved their dreams and they reached the pinnacle of a lot of their playing careers."

"This is definitely the biggest and best accomplishment in my soccer career and to spend it with these guys, its been unbelievable able," player Derek Prinz said.

Team members say they will remember the last minutes of the game.

"A.J. Dingldine got our 5Th goal and but us up by 2 with probably 5 minutes left," Prinz said. "At that point, I was pretty sure that we just won the national championship, but it was probably the longest 5 minutes of my life, trying to defend off Norte Dames attack."

"When it finally got to 2 minutes left in the game, then we started kind of looking around going we did it. We won this thing," Kranjc said.

"Especially for me as a senior, I couldn't believe it was my last game and the end of my career here with an undefeated season and national championship," player Yannic Thiel said. "I was really. I was actually crying to be honest."

In a state know for football, Kranjc says he is proud of his football players.

"We won it with Nebraska players," Kranjc said. "Kids from Omaha. Kids from Hastings. Kids from Lincoln. We won that national championship with Nebraska players. I think it was absolutely spectacular that we were able to do so."

The men finished their prefect season with a 25-0 record. But the men weren't alone in their success, the Hastings College women's soccer team also took home national honors this season.
They were named the NAIA National Runner-Up. The un-seeded Lady Broncos defeated the 16,9 and number 1 seeded teams to advance to the title game.

Hastings lost to Lee University in the national title match. This was the second time they competed in the national tournament.
Players say their goal was to make it to second round play, but competing for the title was unbelievable.

"When we got done, I was like,guys, we have nothing to hang our heads about," player Becca Glisan said. "We weren't even supposed to be in this game, no one thought we would make it here. It would have been really nice to win, but it was an accomplishment for sure."

Hastings College is the first school to win a national title in both men and women's soccer in the same season.


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