NEW ULM - Broderick Brown found three reasons to celebrate on Tuesday.
Brown, a senior captain for the New Ulm Eagles soccer team, netted the coveted hat trick - three goals in regulation - in New Ulm's 5-0 victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals in a South Central Conference rivalry game in New Ulm.
"It was all passing," Brown said. "I had three beautiful passes to me."
TIGHT DEFENSE — New Ulm’s Justus Morschauser (20) attempts to get the ball past Fairmont Area defender Brian Jensen (6) during first-half South Central Conference soccer action Tuesday at the Martin Luther College soccer complex in New Ulm. (Photo by Steve Muscatello of the New Ulm Journal)
The first goal came in the fifth minute of the second half when Jacob Rakoczy passed a "perfect cross," as Brown described it, roughly waist-high to Brown for the volley in. That goal gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Seth Wiechman lobbed a pass over the goalie's head directly to Brown for the header in the second half's 16th minute for Brown's second goal to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead.
The third was another assist from Wiechman in the 32nd minute of the second half that allowed Brown to finesse the ball into the back of the net for the Eagles' fifth goal of the day.
"What's happening is our mid-field line and our forward line are starting communicate - that's one thing the first two games we didn't communicate," said New Ulm head coach Jack Gronholz. "When they're talking on the field, they can put the ball where a player's not, but where a player can go."
Gronholz said the talk on the field helped Brown figure out where he would be able to go to get into position to score.
The Eagles (3-1, 1-1 SCC) came out aggressively, outshooting the Cardinals by a 14-3 margin in the first half and 31-14 overall in the game.
"We have four kids with varsity (experience), so right now I think we're probably a decent JV (team)," said Fairmont Area head coach Jeff Kot. "That's not trying to be negative. These guys are trying to get a lot more time, they're not up to the speed of the game."
Wiechman and fellow sophomore Jonathan Sehloff each scored a goal as well for the Eagles.
Fairmont Area started freshman Jarrod Daniel in the net at goalie in lieu of senior starter Trason Arens, who broke his finger last Friday.
"In the second half after a couple goals, I think the Eagles were just kind of like sharks after blood," Kot said. "They saw that we had a young keeper in there."
Brown said earning the third victory just four games into the season is a big confidence-booster for the Eagles. Last season, New Ulm had not won its third game until Sept. 27, when it defeated Fairmont 4-2 at home.
"The team has kind of matured and gotten stronger," Gronholz said. "All in all, they're basically playing the way we need to play - spreading the ball, passing to the corners, bringing it back in, opening the lanes.
"The only game we didn't play that way was the Waseca game, which we lost."
New Ulm hopes to continue its streak at unbeaten St. Peter at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Fairmont Area (0-3, 0-2 SCC) will be looking for its first win at 7 p.m. Thursday night when it plays host to Mankato Loyola.
No team score or individual statistics were reported from Fairmont Area's B-squad contest against the New Ulm Eagles on Tuesday.
New Ulm posted an 8-1 victory over Fairmont Area during C-squad soccer action on Tuesday in New Ulm.
Thomas Havnen generated the visiting Cardinals' only goal of the contest by converting a penalty kick.
Fairmont Area netminder Malachi Anderson recorded 11 saves on the game.
Fairmont Area (0-3) plays host to Mankato East at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont.