FAIRMONT - New Ulm head coach Jack Gronholz helped Brodrick Brown relax in the opening minutes of a South Central Conference soccer game against the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Thursday night at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont.
After a helpful reminder to 'be patient and the goals will come,' Brown went on to score two of the Eagles' three goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to give New Ulm the 3-2 win.
"We knew that their center (Brown) was fast, so we adjusted with some speed on defense and that helped. But whenever he turns with the ball, he gets a good look at a shot," said Fairmont Area head coach Jeff Kot.
DRIVING THE FIELD — Fairmont Area’s Evan Ward (right) drives toward New Ulm’s Joshua Koelpin during South Central Conference soccer action Thursday at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
With time winding down in the overtime, Josh Koelpin stepped up to take a corner kick for the Eagles. Koelpin floated a bending kick toward the Cardinal goal, which Brown headed just past Fairmont Area netminder Trason Arens' outstretched hands with 1:11 left in overtime.
"I thought that our defense was pretty great tonight. We put sophomore Anthony Shimon back there for his speed with their forwards and he did a great job, as well as Leyton Becker and Brian Jensen and the others."
Fairmont Area's Evan Ward sent the game into the extra period off a pass from Brock Johnson with 1:10 left in the second half of regulation.
Johnson slipped a pass to Ward along the sideline. Ward then dribbled past a pair of Eagle defenders before blasting a shot to even the game at 2-2.
Brown opened the conference game's scoring just like he finished the game, using his head to score on a long pass off the foot of Jacob Rakoczy at the 9:42 mark of the first half.
Ward then evened the score for the first time, taking a Joe Nordquist centering pass around defenders to fire the shot into the corner of the net with 12 seconds left in the first half.
"Our best scoring chances in the game came on crossing passes. I thought that we actually had a lot of chances - we just couldn't get the shots on net," said Kot.
Peter Nielsen had a scoring chance earlier in the opening frame, blasting a Nordquist pass 30 yards and off both the crossbar and the side post before bouncing out to Eagles' goalie Jonathan Sehloff.
Eagles' midfielder Justuce Morschauser sent Brown's one assist past Arens, who made 11 saves for the Cardinals, at the 33:11 mark of the second half to take New Ulm's second lead of the game.
Ben Mitchell's centering pass late in the second half gave the Cardinals a scoring chance, but Ryan Busche's close-range shot just missed to the right of the goal.
"Ben Timmerman and Ben Mitchell both did a good job offensively for us tonight," said Kot. "They were getting good passes and getting in position for scoring attempts."
Ward had one final chance to tie the game for the Cardinals, as a skipped pass from Johnson went into the Eagles' end, but the shot sailed just over the net with less than 20 seconds left in overtime.
"Evan played great for us, both of his goals were great," said Kot. "As a coach, I see the ways we could have played better, but we are improving as a team and that is exciting to see."
Fairmont (2-9, 1-5 SCC) travels to play Southwest Christian in a nonconference game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Edgerton.
New Ulm (7-2, 4-1 SCC) hosts Marshall for a nonconference game at 5 p.m. Monday at Martin Luther Field in New Ulm.
New Ulm 1-1-1-3
Fairmont Area 1-1-0-2
NU - Brodrick Brown (Jacob Rakoczy), 9:42.
FA - Evan Ward (Joe Nordquist), 0:12.
NU - Justus Morschauser (Brodrick Brown), 33:11.
FA - Evan Ward (Brock Johnson), 1:10.
NU - Brodrick Brown (Josh Koelpin), 1:11.
Shots on goal: NU 14; FA 8.
Saves: NU 6; FA 11.
The New Ulm Eagles blanked the Fairmont Area Cardinals 2-0 in junior varsity soccer action on Thursday at the Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont.
Cardinal goalie Trevor Iverson made 25 saves on 30 of the Eagles' shots on goal.
Fairmont Area fired eight shots on goal in the game.
New Ulm 1, Fairmont Area 0 - Senior Martha Balge netted the lone goal of the game as the Eagles shut out the Cardinals 1-0 in South Central Conference action on Thursday at the Martin Luther College field in New Ulm.
Balge used her head to send a Nicole Moldstad kick into the net in the first half to take the 1-0 advantage.
Fairmont Area fired 12 shots on goal, while Jesseca Koskovich stopped 18 of New Ulm's 19 shots on net.
Fairmont Area (4-4-2, 2-2-2 SCC) plays host to Mankato Loyola in a conference game at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont.
Fairmont Area shut out New Ulm, 3-0, in junior varsity soccer action on Thursday in New Ulm.
Myah Lytle scored first on a Jayden Koskovich pass, before Cori Emler netted an unassisted tally for the Cardinals.
Lytle then picked up an assist with a helper on Marissa Voss' goal later in the game.
Haley Burmeister made four saves for the Cardinals, while Fairmont Area fired 17 shots on net.