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Trojans earn split against New Ulm

NEW ULM -- Luis Garcia scored from 25 yards out in the 60th minute, and the Worthington Trojans boys soccer team held on for a 2-1 victory against New Ulm Tuesday.

NEW ULM -- Luis Garcia scored from 25 yards out in the 60th minute, and the Worthington Trojans boys soccer team held on for a 2-1 victory against New Ulm Tuesday.

Garcia collected a loose ball from 25 yards away, firing a shot over the head of goaltender Andrew Illikman and into the upper left corner of the net.

From there, Worthington was able to take the crowd out of the game, and grab control from New Ulm.

"Our team controlled most of the midfield position in the final 15 minutes," WHS head coach Smitty Ektnitphong said. "They do a lot more attacking, but it seemed to be just kick and run."

Carlos Munoz-Ramirez opened the scoring five minutes into the game for the Trojans, scoring on a penalty kick after Christian Munoz-Rios was fouled in the box on a shot attempt. Munoz-Ramirez fired his shot into the left corner of the net for the opening tally.

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New Ulm tied the game in the early stages of the second half, as Mitch Melville sent a shot into the right corner and past Derik Verdoorn in the 55th minute, setting the stage for Garcia's winning goal.

Worthington outshot New Ulm 13-7. Verdoorn had five saves, while Illikman stopped 11.

The Trojans (6-2-1) host Marshall Thursday.

WHS 1 1 -- 2

New Ulm 0 1 -- 1

Girls

New Ulm 1, WHS 0

Danielle Schugel scored from 20 yards out in the 55th minute, accounting for the only score in the game as New Ulm won a squeaker.

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Worthington had chances to score a tying goal later in the half, and brought its defense up to the midfield to bring more pressure, but was unable to get anything through the defense.

"We couldn't really penetrate," Ektnitphong said. "Any ball lobbed in was cleared out by New Ulm."

Stephanie Fitterer stopped 11 shots for New Ulm, while Worthington's Christy Rattanasithi had 13 saves. The Trojans (5-5) host Willmar Saturday.

WHS 0 0 -- 0

NU 0 1 -- 1

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