Gary Tanner knew the inaugural season of men's soccer at Haskell Indian Nations University would be difficult. And it was.
Haskell finished with a 1-10 record. In six of the 11 games, either because of injuries and/or prior commitments, the Fightin' Indians were unable to field a complete team.
"This year our goal was to field a soccer team," HINU coach Tanner said, "and show we had the character to fight through a tough first season."
Haskell's lone victory came in the home finale last week against Midland Lutheran of Fremont, Neb. The Indians won, 2-1, by doubling their scoring output for the season. HINU scored only four goals two by Scott Giroux, who is also the place-kicker on the school's football team.
The Indians' other two goals were recorded by Daniel Dyer and Cedric Sunray. Assists were credited to Sunray, Jacob Trickey and Dan Higgins.
Haskell's first soccer team was made of only one player with college experience, a few with high school experience and several others who played soccer as a second sport.
"As of right now, we begin a soccer program to show we not only have the character, but also the ability to compete in Year Two and beyond," Tanner said.