NEW ULM - New Ulm sophomore goalkeeper Emily Schotzko got her first varsity start on Friday and she got a first-hand look at how tough Fairmont's Sierra Schultz can be.
Schultz got away on several breakaways and converted on three goals as the Cardinals defeated New Ulm 4-1 in Big South Conference girl's soccer action.
Bridget Brown tallied New Ulm's goal, which came early in the second half and it was unassisted. Schotzko had four saves for the Eagles (0-1).
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New Ulm’s Bridget Brown (7) gets past Fairmont defender Marissa Naab (6) before getting a shot off Friday at the Martin Luther College soccer complex in New Ulm.
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Brown said that the Cardinals were too fast for the Eagles at times. The Cardinals scored three times in the first half to gain control of the game early on.
"They sent it to their side and beat us out with their speed," Brown said.
Schotzko, meanwhile, said she was battling some nerves early on.
"It was really scary out there," the sophomore said.?"They had a lot of one-on-ones."
While Schultz was giving the Eagles fits the entire first half, the nail in the coffin might have come just before halftime when she scored just as time expired.
"It really put a downer on the whole team," Brown said. "If that whole two seconds wouldn't have happened.."
Schultz opened the scoring for the Cardinals when she got loose on a breakaway and found the back of the net at the 31:35 mark in the first half.
Schultz later took a pass from Lexi Johnson and scored at the 14:30 mark. Schultz added one more goal for the 3-0 halftime lead.
Brown got the Eagles on the board after the half began, but the Eagles were unable to capitalize on many of their scoring chances for most of the game.
Kayley Shoen scored the final Fairmont goal with 14:30 left in the game for the final 4-1 margin.
Brown said that she thinks the Eagles will get better.
"I really think we just need to be in the game mentally," Brown said.?"Just controlling the ball and keeping control of the ball, passing, stuff like that."
New Ulm (0-1) is at Hutchinson on Tuesday and Fairmont (1-0) hosts New Prague on Tuesday.