NEW ULM - Windy conditions definitely made a difference in the game for the New Ulm boys soccer team Tuesday, and for all of the wrong reasons.
The Eagles watched as Marshall scored two wind-aided goals in the first half and jumped out to a 3-1 halftime lead. The Eagles weren't able to take advantage of having the wind at their backs in the second half, and fell 4-2 to the Tigers in nonconference boys soccer action at Martin Luther College Soccer Complex.
"It doesn't matter how good of a team you have, the wind kind of equalizes it," New Ulm coach Jack Gronholz said. "The ball was kind of bouncing all over the place and actually Marshall came to play."
The Eagles had the first legit scoring chance, but Broderick Brown's shot was just wide right to keep the game scoreless with 34 minutes remaining in the first half.
Marshall broke the tie when Ethan Hart put a shot high in the air toward New Ulm goalkeeper Alex King. The wind did all sorts of tricks with the ball, and eventually it landed in the back of the net for a 1-0 Tigers lead.
About 10 minutes later, Isac Evenson struck from about 30 yards out and his shot sailed over King's head to put the Tigers up 2-0.
Trevor Johnson added a goal on a breakaway shot before New Ulm's Ryan Plath scored the first of his two goals to make it 3-1.
The teams switched sides at halftime, but the Eagles weren't able to gain the advantage. Instead, Marshall took a 4-1 lead early in the half. Plath scored later in the game, but it wasn't enough for the Eagles.
"We told them in the second half to take shots, Gronholz said of the halftime speech. "We actually outshot them in the first half 11-9 and that was against the wind. With the wind, we figured that would help us a bit. Their starting goalie went down and their back-up played pretty well. We said 'shoot, shoot, shoot,' and good things will happen when you shoot."
New Ulm (2-4) hosts Waseca in a South Central Conference match-up Thursday.