After five straight losses to start the season, the Marshall soccer team got heated up on a scorching Tuesday afternoon and beat New Ulm 4-2 behind a pair of goals by senior Trevor Johnson.
The Tigers not only had to battle their opponent, but also some difficult conditions with temperatures in the upper 90s and winds from 20-30 miles per hour.
"It was an interesting game because of the extreme winds and the heat," Marshall head coach Pat Johnson said. "The field was really dry and rough so the ball was bouncing all over the place, but our kids fought through it and played very well."
Ethan Hart kicked off the scoring for Marshall with a 30-yard goal on a ball that got caught up in the wind and floated over the New Ulm goalkeeper's head. Isac Evenson added Marshall's second goal on a cracking strike from 25 yards out.
The Tigers took a 3-1 lead into the half thanks to a goal by Trevor Johnson. He added another in the second half to put the game away. Johnson's two goals were scored in similar fashion, as he broke through the defense and beat the New Ulm goalkeeper 1-on-1.
"It's a relief for me and the kids are really excited. They deserved this one," Pat Johnson said. "Trevor has had six goals over the last four games now and had a couple of other really close calls. It was good to see some other kids getting into the acting and scoring for us."
Playing without Sathira Wijesekara, who started the season as goalkeeper, the Tigers had more injury woes in net on Tuesday when eighth-grader Jackson Luther had to leave with an injury in the 33rd minute. With little experience playing the position, Marshall junior Paul Citrowske stepped in to man the net and helped the Tigers to the win. He was aided by a strong effort by the Marshall defense, which was led by junior Drew Tykwinski.
New Ulm's two goals were by Ryan Plath, who scored once each half.
The Tigers will try to build on their momentum when they take the field Thursday in Edgerton against Southwest Minnesota Christian.