Trojans hold off Eagles

NEW ULM – The New Ulm boys soccer team had several chances late, but the Eagles were unable to convert in a 2-1 nonconference loss to Worthington on Tuesday at the Martin Luther College Soccer Complex.

New Ulm’s lone goal came with 23:15 left in the first half on a goal by Christian Linan. Jonathan Sehloff had 14 saves for the Eagles, who saw their six-game winning streak come to an end.

Worthington controlled the ball for most of the first half despite being down at halftime.

“I think our players were doing too long of passes and they were doing short, crisp passes,” New Ulm coach Jack Gronholz said.?”Once we started to shorten our passes up, that’s when we started to get control of the ball again.”

The Trojans tied the game in the second half on a direct kick that hooked in. They added a goal with about six minutes left in the game for the go-ahead score.

Linan’s goal was assisted by Josh Koelpin. New Ulm finished with 16 shots on goal in the contest.

New Ulm did have some chances late, but it wasn’t able to finish on those chances.

“I told the guys after the game we had our opportunities,” Gronholz said. “It could’ve been 3-2, 4-2 if we would’ve finished them off. This is probably the most competitive game we’ve played since the first game of the season so it was nice that we were able to get into that type of a battle and react well.”

New Ulm?(6-2) is at Fairmont for a 7 p.m. game Thursday.

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