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North Platte goalie Abby Stark punts the ball into play in the second half against Hastings.
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Carli Anderson scans the field while getting ready to throw the ball in play.

The North Platte High School girls' soccer team scored three unanswered goals after an early scare from Hastings on Tuesday on its way to a 4-2 victory over the Tigers at Madison Middle School.

"The girls rose to the occasion like they always do," NPHS coach Sarah Kaminski said. "They refused to back down."

Hastings (6-5) struck right away when University of Nebraska-Kearney signee Marika VanBrocklin got loose and scored the first goal of the game.

After the first minute goal by VanBrocklin, the Lady Bulldogs (7-2) controlled the ball and they had several shots on goal. But they still couldn't put it in the net to tie the game.

Finally in the 18th minute, Marisa Martinez got one to go in to make it 1-1.

About 15 minutes later, North Platte took the lead when Taylor Banark scored on an assist from Sami Tagwerker. Then with three minutes left in the first half, it became 3-1 after Hastings deflected Carli Anderson's shot into their own goal.

Kaminski said that her team didn't really need the wake-up call. But the Lady Dawgs played with a sense of urgency after they fell behind.

"They realized, 'Okay, now we've got to step up,' and they did," she said. "They knew they had to even the ball out and even the score. They really turned up their intensity."

In the 56th minute, the Tigers pulled back within one after another goal by VanBrocklin. But just two minutes later, Madalynn Doughty busted loose on the right side of the field and as she neared the net, she crossed the ball to Tagwerker who knocked it in to make it a two-goal game again.

From there, the North Platte defense and goalie Abby Stark did the rest as they held the lead until the final whistle.

It was NPHS' second win over Hastings in four days. On April 12, the Lady Dawgs also defeated the Tigers 5-1 in the GNAC third place game.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/15/2014
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