NEW ULM - It hasn't been finishing the game that has been giving the New Ulm boys soccer team problems lately, it's been starting them.
The Eagles once again found themselves in a deficit early in the game, falling behind 2-0 to Waseca before fighting back in the second half and tying the game.
However, the Bluejays scored a late goal to grab the 3-2 South Central Conference win over the Eagles at the Martin Luther Soccer Complex.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm ‘s Matt Uehling uses his body to shield the ball from Jordan Robledo of Waseca during the first half Thursday at the Martin Luther College soccer complex in New Ulm.
New Ulm's Ryan Plath continued his scoring streak, scoring two more goals. He has four goals in the last two games and five in the last three games for the Eagles.
While Plath helped the Eagles get back into the game in the second half, New Ulm managed to dig itself into a hole. Earlier in the week, the Eagles gave up three straight goals to start the game against Marshall.
"You obviously have to keep the intensity and the focus right from the beginning," New Ulm midfielder Josh Koelpin said. "We gave up, what I would call two unlucky goals, so we gotta avoid the little miscues and play like we did in the second half."
As for Waseca's scoring, the first goal came when Davis Dahlberg's shot went off of an Eagles defender and past New Ulm starting goalie Alex King.
The Bluejays added to that total with nine minutes left in the first half when John Lewer picked up a loose ball in front of the net and went to the left side, slipping it past King for the 2-0 lead.
King went down with a leg injury about a minute later and didn't return. Freshman Jonathan Sehloff took over after the injury.
Sehloff was effective for New Ulm and made plenty of stops but the Bluejays finally solved him with the go-ahead goal with 21:12 left in the game.
Plath's first goal came in the second half on a penalty kick with 31:35 left in the game. The goal was a confidence-booster for the Eagles.
"It obviously lifts your spirits and it makes everyone on the team get going," Koelpin said.
Plath added another goal with 22 minutes left to tie the game, but the Bluejays scored the go-ahead goal one minute later.
New Ulm (2-5) is at Worthington Tuesday.