NEW ULM - Despite holding a slight shots-on-goal advantage in the first half, the New Ulm boys soccer team found itself in trouble beginning the second half of Tuesday's match with St. Peter.
The Eagles managed to outshoot the Saints 8-7 in the first 40 minutes of play, yet found themselves trailing 2-0. And before things got any better for New Ulm, they managed to get worse as the Saints took a 4-0 lead and cruised to a 5-2 South Central Conference win at Martin Luther College.
The loss drops New Ulm's record to 2-2.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s Ryan Plath (11) battles for the ball with Darrick Idso of St. Peter during the first half Tuesday at Martin Luther College in New Ulm.
Ryan Plath scored New Ulm's first goal and Seth Wiechman added the second goal for the Eagles, who were outshot 17-16 for the game.
"It's hard to be working hard out there and having them keep scoring on you," Plath said. "We did pull a couple back, so that was positive."
The Saints grabbed an early lead thanks to a goal by Marty Johnson about five minutes into the contest. Plath missed out on a chance to even the score about 15 minutes later when he got away and fired a shot that sailed over the net.
St. Peter took advantage of New Ulm's missed opportunities and grabbed a 2-0 edge just before halftime on a goal by Abdi Hussein.
The second half was much like the first for the Eagles. The Saints scored about five minutes into the half, then added another goal about five minutes later to grab a 4-0 lead.
Plath ended St. Peter's bid for a shutout when he scored midway through the half.
"It was a boost, we came back and scored another one after that, we just kept playing hard," Plath said. "We gave up a little bit at some times, but for the most part we kept playing hard."
Wiechman scored New Ulm's second goal on a breakaway to make it 4-2, but the Saints didn't wait long to respond, scoring about a minute later for the final 5-2 margin.
Plath said he knew it was going to be difficult to get good shots against the Saints.
"St. Peter's always a well-rounded team, they move the ball around real well," he said. "It's difficult to get opportunities against them. They play well as a team and their defense held pretty well today."
The Eagles are at Fairmont Thursday for another SCC game.