HASTINGS — Kearney Catholic’s soccer season came to an end Tuesday in the B-7 Subdistrict semifinals.
The Stars boys lost to Holdrege 2-0, while Hastings eliminated the Kearney Catholic girls 4-1.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first half but the Stars cut it in half early in the second half when Breanna Suhr was fouled in the penalty box. Kaylee Grieser, who had a hat trick in the Stars’ first district game, took the penalty kick and found the back of the net.
Hastings answered, scoring on a free kick that gave the Tigers a decisive edge. They added another goal as Kearney Catholic pushed its defense forward in an effort to get the offense ignited.
Coach Bruce Lear said freshman goal keeper Solana Burbul had “two just phenomenal saves and a couple other good ones.”
Hastings (9-4) will play Northwest in the subdistrict final. The Vikings beat Holdrege 6-1 in the other semifinal.
Kearney Catholic ended the year with a 6-8 record. The Stars started the year 0-3, scoring just one goal in those three games, and had another three-game losing streak at midseason.
One of the first losses was an 8-0 setback at Hastings.
“This was certainly a very improved outing,” Lear said of the district semifinal. “We improved a lot during the season and a lot of girls worked very hard to make themselves better soccer players.”
Freshmen made up more than half the Stars’ roster and the team had only two seniors.
“Next year, we could be a pretty salty team for about anybody,” Lear said.
Kearney Catholic’s boys (4-11), also a young team, lost their first eight games, scoring three goals in those games. They won four of their last seven, scoring a dozen goals.
They lost 7-0 to Holdrege the week before the 2-0 loss in the subdistrict.
Holdrege (10-2) will play Northwest in the subdistrict final. Northwest defeated Hastings 3-2 in overtime.