NEW ULM - The New Ulm girls soccer team used two second-half goals to pick up a 3-1 South Central Conference victory over Fairmont Thursday at the Martin Luther College soccer complex.
The Cardinals did score the game's first goal just four minutes into the contest to grab the early 1-0 lead. Lexi Johnson scored on an assist from Sierra Schultz after a defensive miscue by the Eagles, but after that, it was all New Ulm.
Nicole Moldstad tied the game when she netted a shot from about 20 yards out six minutes into the game and the teams went into halftime tied at 1-1.
"It was pretty much what we expected," New Ulm coach Jonathan Johnson said. "It's always a good contest between these two teams, they play each other numerous times during the summer and the girls know each other, so it makes it more difficult to play because they know how each other plays."
Monica Illikman gave the Eagles their first lead of the game eight minutes into the second half when she scored an unassisted goal. Peyton Lewis added an insurance goal later off of an assist from Bridget Brown to make it 3-1.
New Ulm outshot Fairmont 20-7 and Shelby Smith had five saves for the Eagles.
New Ulm (4-1) is at Willmar for an 11 a.m. game Saturday and then hosts Waseca at 5 p.m. Monday.