Big first half lifts Eagles by Cardinals

NEW ULM – When New Ulm traveled to Fairmont to open its season, the Eagles struggled offensively in a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals.

If fact, the Eagles have had problems finding the back of the net all season so far, scoring only 11 goals in their first six games.

That trend came to an end on Monday as the Eagles scored four times in the first half and defeated the Cardinals 7-2 in Big South Conference boy’s soccer action at the Martin Luther College soccer complex.

Wyatt Huard scored four goals and Nate Miller scored three for the Eagles.

New Ulm got on the board early in the first half when Huard scored six minutes into the game to give his team a 1-0 lead. Fairmont’s Thomas Havnen scored the equalizer six minutes later to tie it at 1-1, but Miller scored with 21 minutes left in the half to start a streak of three straight New Ulm goals to close the half.

Huard scored his second goal of the game with 16 minutes left in the half and Miller fired a shot from about 20 yards out to give New Ulm a 4-1 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the half.

“We decided that we were going to come into this game and play soccer like soccer should be played,” New Ulm coach Dave Dake said. “Nice and physical, soccer is a contact sport, we decided that we wanted to get a little more physical and try to play up to the competition.”

Up 4-1 at the break, the Eagles kept up the intensity in the second half. Huard added two more goals and Miller added his third of the game as the Eagles improved to 2-5 on the season.

“I told them what I always tell them, we play strong and we play up to the whistle,” Dake said. “When I say that, I’m talking about that final whistle.”

New Ulm is at Mankato Loyola on Tuesday.