New Ulm blanks Jordan

NEW ULM – The New Ulm boy’s soccer team appears to have turned things around after a slow start to the season.

New Ulm’s defense was tough once again as it helped lead it to a 3-0 nonconference victory against Jordan on Monday at the Martin Luther College soccer complex.

After starting the season 1-5, it looks like the Eagles have made a drastic turnaround. Monday’s win moves New Ulm’s record to 4-6 as the Eagles have won three of their last four matches.

The Eagles scored a single goal in the first half going against the wind. Then in the second half with the wind at their backs, they knocked in two more.

Jordan, meanwhile, struggled to get the ball past midfield for much of the second half against that stronger New Ulm defense.

“When I was talking to the guys at halftime, they all agreed that the wind was a factor, ” New Ulm coach Dave Dake said.

Despite the wind, New Ulm did a good job of bringing the ball up and getting some shots in the first half. They had several chances but finally scored with 5:34 left in the half after Joel Koelpin found the back of the net.

The Eagles took that lead into the break, but came out the far more aggressive team in the second half.

After a couple of scoring chances early on went sour, the Eagles got a goal on a corner kick.

Joel Koelpin’s pass found Nate Miller, who took the loose ball and knocked it in for the 2-0 lead.

While the offense was getting plenty of scoring chances, the defense wasn’t giving up any on the other side.

“Our defense is working way better together,” Dake said.?”Those guys have been working together since the beginning of the season, now they’re starting to work as one. At this level, it’s really hard, because it takes so long to start acting as one and by the time they do it, it’s the end of the season.”

Just for good measure, New Ulm got a goal with 2 minutes left from Luke Gartner to make it 3-0.

Goalkeeper Matt Janke had six saves and New Ulm finished with nine shots on goal.

New Ulm resumes action on Thursday when it hosts St.?Peter at the Martin Luther College soccer complex.