New Ulm falls to Marshall 3-1

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm’s John Niebuhr (23) takes the ball away from Marshall’s Jonah Bader during the first half Tuesday at NUHS.
For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s John Niebuhr (23) takes the ball away from Marshall’s Jonah Bader during the first half Tuesday at NUHS. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — The New Ulm boys’ soccer team fell to Marshall 3-1 in Big South Conference action on Tuesday for their second loss of the year.

The Eagles (2-2-3, 2-1-2 Big South) suffered back-to-back losses with the loss to Marshall, after falling to Mankato East on Monday.

Despite the loss, New Ulm has shown improvement in its first seven games this year compared to last year. Last year, the Eagles started their first seven games with a 2-5 record.

The Eagles were first on the board in the 33rd minute of play after an assist by Brandon Ocampo to Wyatt Huard for a goal.

The Tigers (7-1, 6-1) tied thing up in the 49th minute with a goal by Mookae Stee. Both teams struggled to score until Marshall took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Chase VanDeVere in the 78th minute of play.

The Tigers added an insurance goal just a minute later on a goal off the post bounced in by Loving Stee.

Matthew Janke had 23 saves for New Ulm.

Eagles coach Dave Dake said that his squad’s defense was solid throughout most of the game, but was disappointed with the lack of attack from his offense.

“On Wednesday, we’re definitely going to work on attack,” Dake said. “That’s what we need to focus on. We focused the whole first part of the season on defense and as you can see — we defend well — but at the cost of shooting. So we’re really going to just hammer that tomorrow.”

The Eagles travel to play Worthington at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday for a Big South Conference matchup.

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