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Vivas Montoya, Crusaders down Eagles 3-1

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Christian Edwards takes the ball upfield during New Ulm’s soccer game with Mankato Loyola on Tuesday at New Ulm High School.

NEW ULM — A trio of goals from Mankato Loyola’s Derick Vivas Montoya led the Crusaders past New Ulm 3-1 on Tuesday night in Big South Conference boys’ soccer action at New Ulm High School.

After several opportunities on both sides of the pitch, Loyola broke a long scoring drought after Vivas Montoya got a shot past New Ulm goalie Ethan Goff’s left side for a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute. Vivas Montoya added to his goal total with a penalty kick in the 37th minute for a 2-0 Crusaders lead.

New Ulm had several corner kicks in the first half but failed to capitalize on them and trailed 2-0 at halftime.

New Ulm picked up the intensity in the second half and got on the board in the 49th minute after Dominick Kamrath found Christian Edwards on his left side for a close-range Edwards goal, pulling New Ulm within one. With 55 seconds left, Vivas Montoya scored his third goal, giving the Crusaders some late breathing room on the way to the win.

New Ulm head coach Dave Dake said that despite the loss, his team still did many things well.

“I think we played well in the first ten minutes of the first half,” Dake said. “We came out, we played our game, the ball was in their half of the field most of the game. So honestly, I think we had this game, we just couldn’t finish. They [Loyola] had a great defense.”

Goff had seven saves for New Ulm, and the Eagles took 15 shots in the game.

The Eagles, now 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the conference, next host Waseca on Thursday. The Eagles topped Waseca 2-1 on Sept. 2.

“We need to work on our shots, that’s for sure,” Dake said. “But we played fairly well, we commanded the midfield, we’ve just got to get our shots on.”

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