The Newton High School boys’ soccer team went into overtime for the third straight game, but unlike the previous two, the results weren’t favorable.


The Newton High School boys’ soccer team went into overtime for the third straight game, but unlike the previous two, the results weren’t favorable.

Jose Diaz scored off a long cross in the 94th minute to lead Maize to a 2-1 win over Newton Tuesday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play in Maize.

Newton falls to 4-3-2, 1-1-1 in AV-CTL I play. Maize improves to 5-3, 2-1 in AV-CTL I play.

“It was our third straight overtime, and I think it was our third straight overtime with Maize,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “We just keep finding ways to come up on the other end of things with Maize. We came out, we created opportunities and played as a squad. Maize is a very quality squad.”

While packed in its own end early, Newton was able to push forward as the game went on.

“We made some adjustments at half,” Jantzi said. “We created pressure up top We caught a breakdown and were. We were able to create more pressures up top. We were able to put pressure on their goalkeeper. We forced a mistake and capitalized on it. We had a little breakdown on defense. They were able to take advantage of it and put the ball in the back of the net. ... In overtime, they were set up for a long drive, they found a head, and that was that.”

Newton scored in the 51st minute when a misplayed ball between a Maize defender and the goalkeeper was picked up by Frank Vasquez, who fired it into the open net.

Maize came back with a shot by Kevin Combs on a set piece in the 55th minute.

Newton held off several Maize attacks in the first half of overtime.

Newton returns home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to host Rose Hill.

“They are another quality squad,” Jantzi said. “They’re no. 1 in 4A.”