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Shrine Soccer Classic returns to Hastings College
A huge area sports weekend has games and activities sure to draw crowds and create enthusiasm. The Nebraska Shrine Soccer Classic happens Saturday at Lloyd Wilson Field at Hastings College. Once again, graduated seniors play in the North-South All-Star games.
The girls game starts at high noon, the boys play at 2:30.
"Let's try it one more time and see how it goes. I go here and the touch pass back to me, here we go, here it is on the ball of your feet."
That's Hastings Tiger soccer coach Chris Pedrosa here Friday at the Shrine Soccer camp where he coaches the South All Stars. They'll play the North Saturday at noon at Lloyd Wilson Field in the annual Nebraska Shine soccer classic. The game is always a big deal because like last week's football North-South game in Lincoln, it raises money for the Shrine Hospitals nationwide. One of Chris's players is graduated senior Tressa Gloystein who helped lead the Tigers to the state semi-finals a few weeks ago.
"It feels really great especially since it's our home town. I feel a lot of home town pride and it feels really great to be chosen and I owe a lot of that to my team and because our team we really all worked so well together this year and I feel like I'm representing our whole team because we all deserved this so much," said Tressa Gloystein.
The boys North-South game will follow the girls at 2:30 Saturday. Hastings Bronco national champion coach Chris Kranjc is a very interested observer since some of these players will soon be Hastings Broncos.
"We do have five guys coming in out of this group, two from Gretna, a player from Elkhorn Mount Michael, a player from Hastings high and a player from Millard South so we're pretty exciting about the guys that are here that are coming in this is a great experience for them," said Coach Kranjc.
At the North squad practice Friday morning Kearney Bearcat Spencer Lindsay looks forward to his final high school soccer game Saturday. He'll try out to be a kicker on the football team for Nebraska, but first things first and this soccer game.
"Guys like this, it's cool to meet new guys like this that also play soccer just like you do and they're kind of going through the same transition form high school to college like you are. It's a lot of fun and cool to meet new people, and make a lot of friends here," said Lindsay.
Saturday's soccer games end a three day camp for these stars many of whom will ge the taste of playing on a college field for the first time and the chance to play in front of more people than have ever seen them play.
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