The Newton High School boys’ soccer team was in control for the first 60 minutes against top-ranked (KSCA, Class 4-3-2-1A) Rose Hill, but the Rockets scored four times in the last 20 minutes to claim a 4-2 win Thursday night in non-league play at Fischer Field.


The Newton High School boys’ soccer team was in control for the first 60 minutes against top-ranked (KSCA, Class 4-3-2-1A) Rose Hill, but the Rockets scored four times in the last 20 minutes to claim a 4-2 win Thursday night in non-league play at Fischer Field.

The loss drops the Railers to 4-4-2.

“We played a great first half,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “We were pressuring them. They made some adjustments at half and they were able to put pressure on us. We didn’t handle the pressure well. We have to be more composed — especially in the back. Two of their goals that got them back in the game came on a long throw. I told the defense they needed to be able to thwart the opportunities.”

The loss came after three straight overtime matches. Newton is 0-2-2 in the stretch.

“It builds character and it builds experience,” Jantzi said. “We need to take this and move up from it. Hopefully, we’ll be peaking at playoff time.”

Rose Hill tied the game in the 61st minute when Christian Nallieux headed in a long crossing pass from Brandon Mitchell. Rose Hill took the lead less than four minutes later when Dom Swindler headed in a long throw in from Will Wyatt.

Rose Hill put the game away on a goal by Jessie Treat in the 73rd minute. Each team scored on a penalty kick in the final minute.

Newton controlled possession early, scoring in the 23rd minute on a pass from Carlos Reyes to Francisco Fierro. Newton held a 4-2 advantage in total shots in the first half.

Newton plays Tuesday at Salina South.

“They will be another quality squad,” Jantzi said.