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Girls soccer: New Ulm shuts out Worthington, 8-0

Worthington Trojan girls soccer player Betty Garcia (14) and Beatriz Gabriel (20) pass as New Ulm's Maddy Roufs (11) looks for an opening Thursday night. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)1 / 2
Worthington goalkeeper Keyri Gutierrez blocks a shot from New Ulm Eagles. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)2 / 2

WORTHINGTON -- There have been times this season when the Worthington Trojans girls soccer team has played one pretty good half out of two. On Thursday, the Trojans lost the first half 5-0 and the second half 3-0 to visiting New Ulm in an 8-0 result. But in actuality, neither half was all that terrible, said WHS head coach Emily Ahlquist.

Some of her players were playing out of position. Some of them had good games despite the score.

At forward, Rosario Dominguez -- who is usually in goal -- was aggressive on the field, running well to the ball at all times. Yesenia Cruz played defense instead of her usual midfield position, and she was outstanding. And midfielder Jazmin Reveles was also a hard worker on Thursday.

Under the circumstances, Ahlquist said, the Trojans performed the best they know how.

“We just had to work with it,” she explained. “A couple of the goals were because of that, because we weren’t in positions we were familiar with.”

In the first half, New Ulm found the net often with breakaways and crosses. Worthington wasn’t positioned well enough to get to the shots before they were made.

The Eagles made it 6-0 on a clean strike from 16 yards away just three minutes into the second half. It became 7-0 four minutes later on another pretty shot, untouched again by the Trojans, from 24 yards. The eighth and final point came with 22:23 remaining on a penalty kick by Hannah Osborne.

New Ulm passes well and strikes well. “They had some very beautiful shots, that you just got to deny the shot before they get to it,” said Ahlquist.

New Ulm 5 3 -- 8

Worthington 0 0 -- 0

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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