Eagles blank Cardinals
By Jeremy Behnke
Journal Sports Editor
NEW ULM — Coming into the season, there was a big question surrounding New Ulm’s boys’ soccer team as far as who would fill the scoring void after Wyatt Huard graduated.
The Eagles may have found their answer and it looks like two players have stepped up to fill that role.
Freshman Christian Edwards netted two goals, including one within the first 2 minutes of the game. His teammate Jack Howard scored his fourth goal of the season on a breakaway seven minutes into the game and the Eagles continued their high-scoring ways with a 5-0 Big South Conference win over Fairmont at New Ulm High School.
Edwards now has five goals in two game and the Eagles have 12 goals in those two contests.
The freshman, who is on varsity for the first time, has filled in with Howard, a junior, quite well.
“I think it’s just we’re building chemistry, with Brandon [Ocampo] too,” Edwards said. “We have a triangle formation up top and it’s working.”
Robert Ruah and Reed Selvey each added a goal in the second half for the Eagles.
Edwards said even is surprised by his quick start so far.
“I’ve never played with them, so I didn’t know what was going to happen, so I got to know them during tryouts,” Edwards said. “I wasn’t expecting it honestly but I’ve been trying to score goals.”
Head coach Dave Dake has also been impressed thus far.
“[Edwards] is just an amazing person out there,” Dake said. “I think coupled with Jack Howard, they make the two best forwards.”
Josh Rakoczy made seven saves in the game and the defense once again helped pitch a shutout by limiting Fairmont’s scoring chances.
Edwards scored the game’s first goal on a breakaway with 38:13 left in the first half and five minutes later Howard got into the act. New Ulm led 2-0 at halftime.
Ruah scored midway through the second half and the Eagles put an exclamation point on the win with two late goals. Edwards scored his team-best fifth goal with 7:47 left and Selvey got into the act with 24 seconds left.
New Ulm hosts Mankato East at 5:45 p.m. on Friday while Fairmont hosts St. Peter at 7 p.m. on Thursday.