Reinarts leads New Ulm past Worthington in girls soccer
WORTHINGTON -- Ever since Livia Reinarts was elevated to the New Ulm varsity soccer team, nothing has prevented her from scoring goals.
Mother Nature couldn’t stop her on Tuesday night, either.
Reinarts, a swift sophomore attacker, scored four goals as New Ulm defeated Worthington 10-2 amid rainy, chilly and windy conditions in a Big South girls soccer clash at Trojan Field.
It was raining hard when the match kicked off, causing officials in a pregame decision to shorten each half by five minutes. Reinarts was one of the few athletes who did not have their legs covered with spandex.
She said the weather was no factor.
“Didn’t bother me at all,” she said.
Neither did the fact she started the season on the junior varsity team.
“I started as a bubble player,” Reinarts said. “This is a good opportunity for me and it’s a lot of fun.”
Senior star Madison Roufs had three goals and freshman Bryn Nesvold tallied twice as the Eagles of coach Jonathan Johnson improved to 9-4-1.
Roufs scored 90 seconds into the match and Reinarts, who displayed excellent speed, found the back of the net three straight times in the first half as New Ulm took a 5-1 lead. Reinarts scored again early in the second half as New Ulm won going away.
Reinarts spent two games on the JV team and entered Tuesday match with 12 goals in 13 varsity matches.
“After the first couple of games I realized her talent,” Johnson said. “She really brings a new dimension to our attack. I’m really glad I brought her up.”
Worthington received goals from freshman Leidy Chavez and senior Shaelly Zuniga.
“The exciting part is we scored two goals,” said Trojans’ coach Emily Ahlquist. “This is the fourth game in a way we’ve scored, so we’ve got to look at the positives.”
Marilyn Orellana and Zuniga had some excellent moments.
“They were making some amazing passes together up the field,” Ahlquist said. “Those two really connected well. Leidy has actually been a JV player and for her to score the first goal was exciting. It was a perfect shot.”
Chavez scored in the 22nd minute, with Orellana contributing a nifty assist, as the Trojans sliced their deficit to 3-1.
But Reinarts tallied twice more quickly as the Eagles took command.
“Our defense struggled, but we were missing most of our defensive line and our goalie (with injuries and illness,” Ahlquist said. “When you don’t have your full team, you’re not going to play to your full strength … But we have to look at the whole picture. With what we have, we did OK.”
The Eagles have plenty of talent. And even though the weather was most inclement, New Ulm also displayed lots of resolve.
Obviously the weather didn’t bother the Eagles.
“They were pretty quiet on the way here, but once we got going they got warmed up and didn’t waste too much time,” Johnson said.
It was the second victory in as many tries for New Ulm over WHS, including an 8-0 triumph early in the season. Johnson said he believes the Trojans are improved.
“Absolutely,” he said. “We’ve played them for a bunch of years and I think coach Ahlquist is making good progress with these girls.”
The Trojans (1-10) close the regular season Thursday at home against Fairmont. Sectional play begins Saturday.
“We’ve got some potential in the future and hopefully we have some girls who continue (to improve),” Ahlquist said.