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St. Peter outlasts New Ulm in girls’ soccer

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Livia Reinarts (5) tries to get the ball away from a St. Peter player during the first half Monday at New Ulm High School.

NEW ULM — Despite stellar goalkeeping by Kendra Nesvold and a solid defense in front of her, St. Peter needed just one goal on Monday night to top New Ulm 1-0 in Big South Conference girls’ soccer action at New Ulm High School.

The Eagles (5-3-1, 3-2-1) shut out Jordan 6-0 this past Saturday, but there never seemed to be quite enough wind in their sails on Monday against the Saints (7-0-2, 7-0-1).

“We played three-quarter speed most of the game,” New Ulm head coach Jonathan Johnson said. “For whatever reason, their heads weren’t in it. We had some good shots, we had a lot of not so good shots. St. Peter is always a good match. It’s fun to play them, they play a good, clean game and we tried matching them but couldn’t hold up our end of the deal.”

St. Peter’s lone goal came on a direct free kick from about 30 yards away off the foot of Amelia Carlson in the 12th minute. Other than that, New Ulm had a strong defense and several big saves from its keeper Nesvold.

In the 29th minute, Nesvold made a diving stop to her right to knock down a shot before smothering it for one of her 17 saves in the game. She had another diving save to her right in the 50th minute and a pair of quick saves in the 79th minute to keep the aggressive Saints at bay the rest of the way.

“[Nesvold) was the All-Conference goalkeeper last year and I think she’s on a roll to hit that mark again this year,” Johnson said. “She’s awesome. The way she plays, she’s trained really hard all summer and got some help from the rest of the coaching staff, so I’m proud of the way she plays, she keeps us in a lot of games. And the defense, too, the defense plays second to none. We just couldn’t get a team effort tonight.”

Alexis Rustin had a final chance to tie the game up for New Ulm in the closing seconds, but her deep kick from the left side of the pitch ended up slicing wide right as time expired.

New Ulm plays at Fairmont Area at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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