Down two players for almost 15 minutes, the Newton High School boys’ soccer team did everything it could to hold off the Liberal Redskins Thursday night in the Class 5A, South-Central I Regional Finals on the road.


Down two players for almost 15 minutes, the Newton High School boys’ soccer team did everything it could to hold off the Liberal Redskins Thursday night in the Class 5A, South-Central I Regional Finals on the road.

After 80 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, it came down to a penalty kick shootout, which Liberal won 4-3 to advance to Tuesday’s state quarterfinal round.

Newton lost two players to red cards in the game, putting the Railers two men down, and held off three penalty kicks, two in overtime.

“It is a tough one to swallow,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “They had three opportunities in the match to finish us. We got to where we wanted to. After the two ejections, I’m proud of the way our guys played. They gave us everything they had. We’re a young team and we plan on being back next year.”

With 4:05 left in the second half of the first phase of overtime, Newton was called for a foul inside the penalty area. Liberal goalkeeper Sammy Duque took the penalty kick and hit it wide left. The linesmen then ruled Newton keeper Casey Budd left his line early. Budd also was ejected on the play.

Field player Gonzalo Toribio went to goal for Budd and stopped the re-kick by Nestor Morales, who earlier missed a penalty kick midway in the second half. Toribio posted five more saves in the remaining time to preserve the shutout.

“We had to go into a defensive shell with only eight players out there,” Jantzi said. “(Toribio) is definitely one of our best players on the team. He stepped up when we needed him.”

Each team scored in the first round and third rounds of the shootout. Both attempts in the second round were saved. In the fourth round, Newton’s attempt by David Regi hit on the inside of the crossbar, but bounced out. Liberal’s Eduardo Campos buried his attempt. In the final attempts of the shootout, Missael Reyes converted to keep the Railers’ hopes alive, but Cesar Jurado followed for Liberal to end the game.

Liberal advances to state play 16-1-1.

Liberal controlled possession for most of the first half, but Railers were able to make several pushes forward. Liberal held a 2-1 advantage in total shots and a 14-9 advantage in fouls against.

Newton was dealt a blow in the 33rd minute when Ben Kreider was red carded after a tripping call. He was earlier called for a yellow card on a contact foul.

Midway in the second half, Budd stopped a Liberal penalty kick. Newton came back on a quick counter attack that went just over the bar.

Guillermo Meza had a chance for Newton in the final minute of the first half of overtime.

Newton ends the season 11-7. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak. Newton ends the season winning eight of the last 11.

Newton loses seven seniors, including two starters.

“We’re going to be in good shape for next year,” Jantzi said. “Experience is a good tool.”

Newton 0 0 (0-0) (0-0) —0

Liberal 0 0 (0-0) (0-0) —0

Liberal wins on penalty kicks 4-3.

Shooutout — Newton: Made (Toribio, Beumer, Reyes); Missed (Gatz-sv, Regi-crossbar). Liberal: Made (Simon, Ruiz, Campos, Jurado-GW); Missed (Chavira-sv).

Missed penalty kicks — Lib.: Nestor Morales (sv.) 57:57, (sv.) 95:55. Sammy Duque (WL) 95:55.

Total shots — New. 1-2-(0-1)-(1-0)—5, Lib. 2-5-(0-3)-(2-3)—15. Shots on goal — New. 1-1-(0-1)-(1-0)—4, Lib.2-5-(0-3)-(1-3)—14. Saves — New.; Casey Budd (95:55, 0 ga) 2-5-(0-1)-(x-x)—8; Gonzolo Toribio (SOL, 14:05, 1 ga) x-x-(x-2)-(1-3)—6. Lib.: Sammy Duque (SOW) 1-1-(0-0)-(1-0)—4. Corner kicks — New. 2, Lib. 10. Fouls — New. 22, Lib. 16. Offsides — New. 0, Lib. 0. Cautions — New.: Ben Kreider, David Regi. Lib.: Nestor Morales. Ejection: New.: Kreider 32:24, Budd 95:55.