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The Newton High School boys’ soccer team faced some early pressure from an upstart Arkansas City Bulldog team, but the Railers prevailed in the end for a 2-0 win Tuesday in the semifinals of the Class 5A, South-Central II regionals at Fischer Field.

Newton is 10-5-2 and plays Bishop Carroll in the finals at 4 p.m. Thursday at Hays.

Freshman Frank Vasquez scored a goal with an assist for the Railers. Brandon Torres had six saves in goal for the shutout win.

“We came out and got the result that we wanted,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “We need to do a much better of connecting passes. We really struggled with that tonight. We had two great finishes. Frank is really starting to turn it on. I think he’s scored in the last five games.”

Newton held a 12-8 advantage in total shots, 8-3 in the second half. The Railers were called for 14 fouls to five for the Bulldogs.

Arkansas City took a 5-4 advantage in shots in the first half, but the Railers drew first blood when Vasquez buried a 20-yard shot on a breakaway in the 20th minute. Gonzalo Toribio had the assist.

The Bulldogs had five corner kicks in the first half.

“I told the guys they were going to put a lot of pressure on us,” Jantzi said. “We needed to play our game and not theirs. Brandon Torres did a fantastic job in goal, making saves today when we needed.”

The Railers scored in the 44th minute when sophomore Ryan Stuchlik converted a Vasquez crossing pass. The Railers, with the wind advantage in the second half, was able to control possession and keep Arkansas City from getting quality chances.

“With our defense, with a two goal lead, we’re usually going to win a game,” Jantzi said.

Arkansas City goalkeeper Juan Enciso had eight saves in the loss. The Bulldogs end the season 8-8-1.

Newton faces Bishop Carroll for the second time this season. The Railers won the first meeting 1-0 in the semifinals of the Goddard Invitational.

“Carroll is a quality squad,” Jantzi said. “... Either team, we’ll be prepared to play them.”

Ark. City 0 0 —0

Newton 1 1 —2

1. N Frank Vasquez (Gonzalo Toribio) 19:18

2. N Ryan Stuchlik (Vasquez) 43:46

ARKANSAS CITY (8-8-1) — Enciso-GK, Valdevinos, Vargas, Duren, Torres, Rico, Stewart, Rocha, Hernandez, Gonzalez, Stigers. Subs: McGasson, Caballeros, Tovar, Gibson.

NEWTON (10-5-2) — M.Reyes, Gatz, N.Torres, Stuchlik, B.Torres-GK, Schuck, Vasquez, Kreider, Volk, Leake, Welsch, Toribio. Subs: Rangel, Vasquez, Fierros, Ahlstedt, Galloway.

Total shots — AC 5-3—8, New. 4-8—12. Shots on goal — AC 5-1—6, New. 4-6—10. Saves — AC: Juan Enciso (L) 3-5—8. New.: Brandon Torres (W) 5-1—6. Corner kicks — AC 5, New. 2. Fouls — AC 5, New. 14. Offsides — AC 2, New. 2. Cautions — AC: Jorge Rocha 43:00.

Class 5A

South-Central II

Regionals

Semifinals

Tuesday

Newton 2, Arkansas City 0

Bishop Carroll 2, Hays 1

Finals

Thursday

Bishop Carroll (6-11) vs. Newton (10-5-2) 4 p.m. at Hays