MARSHALL - Senior forward Trevor Johnson added a pair of goals to his season total and the Marshall soccer team recorded its first shutout of the season as the Tigers easily defeated New Ulm 4-0 Monday at the Regional Event Center.
Marshall got on the board in the opening minutes when Johnson set up senior midfielder Ethan Hart with a ball across the offside line and Hart put it away over New Ulm goalkeeper Alexander King. The Tigers controlled the run of play throughout most of the rest of the match against a young Eagles squad that is still in search of its first South Central Conference win (2-8 overall, 0-7 SCC).
The win was Marshall's fourth in its last seven games after the Tigers (4-8, 3-3) started the season with five straight losses. The team has one game remaining, next Tuesday against Southwest Christian, before the start of the Section 2A tournament.
Photo by Matt Dahlseid
Marshall senior forward Trevor Johnson, left, holds off New Ulm’s Justin Steffl while controlling the ball in the first half of Monday’s South Central Conference game at the Regional Event Center. Johnson scored two goals and had an assist in Marshall’s 4-0 win.
"It's a lot better feeling to start winning again," said Johnson, whose team was coming off a 3-2 comeback win over Worthington last week. "We had a pretty awful start to the season, so it's been good to get some W's."
Johnson has done the bulk of the scoring for the Tigers this season, and he terrorized the New Ulm defense throughout Monday's match. His teammates fed him multiple through balls throughout the first half and he out-hustled the defenders to try to set himself up for scoring chances, but was unable to break through until the half was nearly over.
Despite being outplayed much of the first half, New Ulm had a chance to draw even when Marshall was called for a hand ball in the box, allowing a penalty kick for the Eagles in the 35th minute. Joshua Koelpin put the kick low and just to left of Marshall goalkeeper Paul Citrowske, who leaned the right way and was able to stop the shot.
Citrowske distributed the ball down the field and the Tigers quickly pushed it up to Johnson, who raced ahead of the defense and put a shot past King for a goal within 30 seconds of the penalty kick.
Just a few minutes into the second half, Johnson dribbled the ball down the right side of the field, got ahead of the defense and tucked another shot into the goal for his 13th goal in the last 10 games.
"Trevor, he keeps scoring and setting stuff up," Marshall head coach Pat Johnson said. "We took advantage of some of the mismatches there and we knew we could run Trevor through, and sure enough he got a couple that way."
With about 10 minutes left in the match, the Tigers got another score on an own goal by the Eagles.
The Tigers didn't have to do nearly as much defending as the Eagles, but were solid in what was required of them, particularly Alex Buysse, who marked Ryan Plath, the Eagles' top player, throughout the match.
As Marshall awaits its seeding for the section tournament and prepares for its final match, Pat Johnson feels his team is peaking at the right time.
"We've made great progress. The last seven games, we could have won all of them," he said. "We lost to Fairmont close, we had them. We had Southwest Christian down in the last 10 minutes and could have beat them. St. Peter, we outshot them and played great against a great team. We're pretty happy with our progress."