New Ulm routs Hutchinson

NEW ULM – Prior to Monday’s nonconference girls soccer game against Hutchinson, New Ulm head coach Jonathan Johnson told his team that he wanted an early goal and for them to not let up in the scoring.

He got both wishes as Bridgette Brown scored 45 seconds into the match and the Eagles coasted to a 6-0 win over the Tigers at the Martin Luther College Soccer Complex.

“That was kind of the plan, I said we need to get in there quick and score and we need to score often,” Johnson said.

Brown and Martha Balge had a goal each for the Eagles (3-4), who travel to Worthington for another nonconference battle Tuesday.

Lydia Schoof and Nicole Moldstad completed the scoring for New Ulm with two goals each and Balge also had an assist in the game.

New?Ulm goalkeeper Claire Boeder wasn’t tested too many times, registering just two saves in the shutout.

After starting out slow this year with a 1-4 record, New Ulm has now won two straight and Monday’s win was the first shutout for Boeder.

All in all, it was a pretty good day for the Eagles.

“They played super, a lot of really good passing, receiving was good, we still need to work on receiving the ball a little bit, but all in all it was a good game,” Johnson said.

After Brown’s goal put the Eagles up early, Moldstad scored with 11:51 left in the first half and two minutes later, Schoof scored her first goal of the game to give New Ulm the 3-0 lead at halftime.

Although the Eagles were comfortable with the lead, Johnson said it didn’t mean they could take the foot off the gas pedal.

“I told them don’t let up, we still had 40 minutes to play yet,” Johnson said. “I said I really wanted to get a shutout for Claire so I wanted everyone to pick it up a notch and keep playing hard, and they did.”

Balge made it 4-0 and Moldstad’s second goal of the game pushed the lead to 5-0. Schoof added her second goal of the game with 16:24 left.

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