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Girls soccer: Trojans fall to New Ulm

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Trojan McKayla Gravenhof (13) advances the ball up the field against a New Ulm defender during Tuesday night’s girls soccer match in Worthington.


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WORTHINGTON —With rolling sheets of mist pouring onto Trojan Field Tuesday, the Worthington Trojans girls soccer team put up a valiant second-half effort but lost 6-1 to the visiting New Ulm Eagles.

The Trojans had strong pressure to start the game, with Ana Castillo sprinting past two of New Ulm’s defenders to start a breakaway, only to have an Eagle defenseman knock away the ball at the last second, forcing Castillo to rush her kick, missing the net.

Only a few minutes later, New Ulm opened the scoring for the contest. Forward Bridgette Brown scored the first of her three goals at 5:16 into the first half. With both Trojans and Eagles crowding the box, Brown sent a solid shot past Trojan goalie Ahmitara Alwal to put the Eagles up early.

It was a very defensive first half for Worthington, with the Eagles constantly putting pressure on Alwal and the Trojans, never allowing them the opportunity to put a solid shot on net.

A minute and 40 seconds later, New Ulm put another goal on the scoreboard, this time with midfielder Nicole Moldstad, who one-timed a cross pass, and sent a shot that banked off the bottom of the crossbar and into the back of the net to further increase the Eagle lead.

Even with a two-goal lead, New Ulm didn’t slow down. The Eagles kept the offensive pressure rolling, and at 30:46, the Eagles scored yet another goal, this time on a dropped ball by Alwal.

A rare defensive goal by the Eagles, scored by Lydia Schoof, further increased the Eagle lead. Schoof scored on yet another long breakaway goal for the Eagles.

The second half was a new half for the Trojans, and they came out a much different team, playing solid defense and mounting much stronger offensive attacks.

The Eagles eventually scored once more, with Brown scoring the second of her goals, off of a long breakaway pass, beating Alwal one-on-one.

Midway through the second half, the Trojans finally got on the board. Eagle goaltender Claire Boeder came out of her box to play the ball, and Trojan Monica Duron sent a long shot over her head and into the twine, to cut the Eagle lead to four.

The Eagles had the last score of the game, with Brown scoring the third goal of her hat-trick night, shooting past a diving Alwal to put the score at 6-1.

The Trojans are now 1-6-1 on the season.

New Ulm 4 2 — 6

Worthington 0 1 — 1