Eagle boys blank Saints

NEW ULM – It was Noah Webb’s birthday on Tuesday, and the sophomore attacker gave his team a big gift early on in their South Central Conference boys soccer match against St. Peter.

Webb scored New Ulm’s first goal with 19:59 left in the first half off of his own rebound. The Eagles got two more unassisted goals and defeated the Saints 3-0 at the Martin Luther College Soccer Complex.

Webb’s score gave the Eagles the quick strike they needed after playing to a double-overtime tie on Monday against Marshall. It was also a big goal for the birthday boy as the Eagles improved to 8-2-1 on the season.

“It felt good,” Webb said of the goal. “We knew we were going to be a little bit sore before this game. It was a Monday game, so it was tiring. Now we’re back into things, so Tuesday we could come back strong.”

The lead midway through the half was big, especially since the Eagles have had plenty of scoring chances lately but haven’t been able to get much success from those chances.

“I asked them what was the difference between [Monday] and today [Tuesday] and they said that we play with our competition,” New Ulm coach Jack Gronholz said. “I told them that I was more nervous for Monday’s game than Tuesday’s game, which makes no sense, because St. Peter has a lot of quality.

“We were making nice, crisp passes, and when we get the opportunity to score, score early,” Gronholz said.?”They knew they were sluggish [against Marshall] and they corrected it.”

A minute after Webb’s goal, Sam Wiechman, another sophomore, put the Eagles up 2-0 when he fired a long-range shot that sailed over the head of St. Peter goalkeeper Arick Mayo.

New Ulm added another goal in the second half, this one coming from junior Josh Koelpin. After that, the defense shined the rest of the way, limiting the St. Peter scoring chances.

“I think our defense is working really great right now,” Webb said. “We’re not making any bad decisions and we only allowed two shots the entire second half.”

Jonathan Sehloff had five saves for the Eagles, who are at Mankato Loyola at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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