CLINTON – Although the statistics were in Ashford’s favor, the fourth-ranked Hastings (Neb.) Broncos took advantage of a pair of quick goals off AU turnovers and beat No. 7 Ashford men’s soccer team 2-1 on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Hastings forward Dru Kobs blasted a shot past Saints goalkeeper Patrick Kinsella in the 39th minute before HC went up 2-0 in the 51st minute with a Jake Ramsey goal.
Ashford battled, though, and finally broke through in the 87th minute when midfielder Mark Hiller scored his first career goal on an assist from Tim Krautheim. However, the Saints ran out of time late.
Ashford outshot Hastings 21-7, which included an 11-5 clip in shots on goal, and grabbed nine corner kicks to just three for the Broncos.
Krautheim led the home side with six shots, three of which required saves from Hastings goalkeeper Alex Guyer. Guyer made 10 saves total on the day and turned away a flurry of late Ashford chances to keep Hastings (6-0) perfect on the season.
The Saints (5-2) close a three-match homestand this Saturday when Graceland visits Clinton for a 7 p.m. game.