• Photo Showcase: Nebraska state soccer, May 10
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Jessica Martinez wasn't afraid to throw around the “curse” word Thursday night.
It's a lot easier to do once you've broken it.
Martinez scored in the first half, the first goal in her team's history at the state tournament, and Class B No. 7 Hastings beat 10th-ranked Platteview 2-1 in the girls state soccer tournament at Creighton's Morrison Stadium.
The win, the Tigers' first in seven tries at state, moved Hastings into Saturday's semifinals against No. 2 Gretna, last year's runner-up.
“It was like a curse we had to break,” Martinez said.
It was her score in the box during the 16th minute that got Hastings on the scoreboard for the first time ever at state. Nearly every one of her teammates had their hands in the air when it went in.
And Martinez's feelings?
“I can't explain it,” she said. “I couldn't believe it.”
The Tigers would score again before the half was over when Kaitlyn Pawloski took an assist from Marika Van brocklin and put it in.
Platteview got a goal from Kathryn Petersen with 7 ½ minutes to play, but the Trojans couldn't come up with a tying score.
When asked afterward if his team was more concerned about scoring or winning, Hastings coach Chris Pedroza said: “We wanted both. It's amazing. It's been so long. It was tough trying to get that monkey off our back.”
Platteview sophomore Sam Swanson was taken from Morrison Stadium in an ambulance after a head injury that Trojans coach Amber Richardson said she considered serious.
Platteview (11-6) ...................... 0 1—1
Hastings (15-3) ........................ 2 0—2
Goals: H, Jessica Martinez, Kaitlyn Pawloski.
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