PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Marshall girls soccer earns tie against New Ulm in first game as a program

Photo by Brennen Rupp Members of the Marshall girls soccer team pose for a photo after playing in a game against New Ulm on Friday. It was the first game in program history, with the Tigers tying the Eagles 0-0.

NEW ULM – A new era of Marshall High School athletics started Friday afternoon in New Ulm when the girls’ soccer team took the field for the first time against the New Ulm junior varsity squad. In the first game in program history the Tigers tied the Eagles, 0-0.

“We were a little nervous,” Marshall coach Jesus Hernandez said. “The players were nervous and the coaching staff was as well. New Ulm is always a good team. We were a little nervous to start off the game and to start off the season against them. It was a good challenge for us right away. I think we learned some things we need to work on.”

In the first 40 minutes neither team was able to build any offensive momentum and the Tigers failed to get a single shot off.

During the final 40 minutes the Tigers picked up the aggressiveness and made a few nice runs at the net. Hernandez said his team did a better job of passing in the second half.

“We put the ball on the ground,” Hernandez said. “That’s one thing we talked about at the break. We wanted to have them keep the ball on the ground. I think the girls did a great job of that at the end. It started to work out for us and we were close, we just have to learn how to finish it.”

With a number of young players playing in their first game there was a level of uncertainty on how they would respond. Hernandez said he thought his players did a great job of communicating and working together.

“I think overall even with the wind being against us in the second half the girls did a really great job on defense,” he said. “We do have to work on the finishing part. This was our first game and we have a lot of young players. We did a great job on holding off and communicating. We’ve been working a lot on communication. I think they did a great job of communicating.”

The Tigers will be back at it today when they play their first home game against Waseca at noon.

“We have to keep working on our communication,” Hernandez said. “We need to work on our shooting. Like in the first half when we had the wind on our side we should have taken more shots. We will practice on our shooting and passing.”