Hastings College women’s soccer team snaps up GPAC championship hardware

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) — Before the last few seconds of the game clock had elapsed, the Hastings College women’s soccer team erupted in cheers.

“It was such an incredible feeling. I mean everyone is super happy and overall just grateful that we came in as underdogs and beat the number one seed,” said Naomi Pedroza.

Victorious in shutout fashion, the Broncos defeated top seed Jamestown to bring home championship hardware for the first time since 2018.

“I mean, coming here I knew this was a solid program and to finally be able to happily bring it back and play for the program that I signed for was very excited it was a incredible feeling,” said Dekota Schubert.

Schubert, a Colorado native, has garnered attention as an attacking midfielder and has put himself in the program’s record books.

“We didn’t care that we had to play in the freezing cold, we came to play,” said Schubert. “It was totally worth it, we drove up eight hours and played in terrible conditions and got the dub,” continued Schubert.

We’re very proud of them, we have a huge junior class, so to see what they’ve done over the last three years to get to this point, it’s been good,” said head coach Jade Ovendale.

Communication on and off the field means everything to these girls.

“I think it means a lot. I mean for everyone I know we play for each other and at the end of the day we just want to be there, and whether that’s football or like school, whatever. I mean the team chemistry is pretty great this year. I know it hasn’t been the best for the past few years. But this year was really good. I mean we obviously clicked and yeah it’s just great to see that growth over the season,” said Pedroza.

The team now heads south to face Dakota Wesleyan in the opening round of the NAIA tournament. keep it simple

“We do what we do. I think the belief is in ourselves,” Ovendale said.

“Now is the time to really focus and put in the work and work harder than we’ve done all season so we can keep playing,” Ovendale continued.

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