FAIRMONT - Lucas Miles scored three Fairmont Area goals in the first 12 minutes Thursday to propel the Cardinals to a 5-0 South Central Conference victory over the New Ulm Eagles at Jeff Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont.
Fairmont Area scored early and often, causing New Ulm's defense trouble from the opening minutes.
Miles' first goal came off a long pass from Grant Becker to the middle of the field, where he put the ball past the goalie at 31:31 in the first half to make it 1-0.
ON THE DRIVE — Fairmont Area striker Lucas Miles (21) drives upfield past New Ulm’s Ryan Plath (11) and Daniel Wessel (16) during South Central Conference soccer action Thursday night at Kot Soccer Complex. Photo by Leanna Becker
Oscar Svenfelz dribbled the ball up and drew two defenders before dropping a centering pass to Miles, who netted his second goal of the game at 27:25.
Svenfelz added a tally when Miles sent a pass to the middle of the field and Svenfelz placed a shot in the upper right corner of the net at 23:58 to make it 3-0.
Miles beat two defenders to complete the hat trick with an assist from Grant Becker at 19:17 in the first half.
"We played the full 80-minute game today. I told the guys this was one of the better games we've played this year. And they worked hard the entire time," said Fairmont Area coach Jeff Kot.
Carter Welchlin notched the final Cardinal goal with a left-footed shot from the left side at 37:15 of the second half off a long pass from Svenfelz to make it 5-0.
With the offensive explosion in the first half, Kot was able to empty the bench and get everyone on the field for the Cardinals.
New Ulm netminder Alexander King made 14 saves in the game, while the Cardinals put 24 shots on goal.
The Eagles managed two shots on goal in the first half, and pounded eight more at the goal in the second half.
Cardinal keeper Matt Tennyson made six saves in the game, while sophomore Sam Havnen came in to mind the goal late in the game to make three saves.
Fairmont (4-0) hosts Mankato Loyola at 1 p.m. Saturday.
New Ulm (2-3) hosts Marshall in a 5 p.m. game Tuesday in New Ulm.
New Ulm 0-0-0
F - Lucas Miles (Grant Becker), 31:31.
F - Lucas Miles (Oscar Svenfelz), 27:25.
F - Oscar Svenfelz (Lucas Miles), 23:58.
F - Lucas Miles (Grant Becker), 19:17.
F - Carter Welchlin (Oscar Svenfelz), 37:15.
Saves: Alexander King (NU) 8-6-14; Matt Tennyson (F) 3-3-6; Sam Havnen (F) 0-3-3.
Shots on Goal: New Ulm 2-8-10; Fairmont 14-10-24.
Fairmont Area downed the New Ulm Eagles 2-1 in junior varsity action on Thursday in Fairmont.
The teams played a shortened 60-minute game due to lightning in the area.
The Cardinals' Ben Mitchell netted a goal in the first half off a pass from Sam Havnen. Joe Nordquist scored Fairmont's second goal with an assist from Ben Timmerman.
Trason Arens made six saves in the win, while the Cardinal offense sent nine shots on goal.
The Cardinals' junior varsity (3-1-1) travels to Mankato East for a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday.
New Ulm 3, Fairmont Area 1 - The Eagles netted a pair of second-half goals to snap a halftime tie en route to collecting a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals during South Central Conference action Thursday at the Martin Luther College fields in New Ulm.
Fairmont Area striker Lexi Johnson converted Sierra Schultz's assist into the league showdown's first goal with 36:43 remaining in the opening half.
Nicole Moldstad, however, countered for New Ulm by finding the Cardinals' net nearly three minutes later to produce a 1-all tie.
Monica Illikman snapped the tie by kicking home a goal for the Eagles with 33:40 left in the second half before teammate Peyton Lewis chipped in an insurance goal at the 19:36 juncture.
New Ulm netminder Shelby Smith made five saves to collect the victory, while Fairmont Area goalkeeper Alexis Christianson recorded 11 saves.
Fairmont (1-3, 0-2 SCC) travels to Mankato Loyola on Saturday for a 1 p.m. non-league game. New Ulm (4-1, 2-0) hits the road to Willmar on Saturday for an 11 a.m. contest.
Goalkeeper Jess Koskovich recorded a shutout to help steer Fairmont Area to a 2-0 triumph over New Ulm during junior varsity action Thursday in New Ulm.
Sydney Leichtnam continued her scoring ways by converting Nina Beranek's assist into the Cardinals' first goal at the 18:40 mark of the second half.
Leichtnam then reversed roles and delivered an assist to Taylor Wolf for an insurance goal for Fairmont Area with 15:34 remaining in regulation.