If the Newton-Derby girls’ soccer game Thursday at Panther Stadium were a baseball game, the Railers would have given up two unearned runs in a 3-0 Derby win.


If the Newton-Derby girls’ soccer game Thursday at Panther Stadium were a baseball game, the Railers would have given up two unearned runs in a 3-0 Derby win.

Several Newton defensive mistakes just before halftime led to a pair of Derby goals.

Megan Martinez scored a goal with an assist for the Panthers 5-4 overall and 1-1 in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play. Mary Stanton and Hannah Newhouse each added a goal. Brittani Greenlee had an assist.

Newton falls to 2-7-1, 1-2 in Division I play.

“We came out flat,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “You could see it in pre-game, and it snowballed from there. It’s hard when you dig yourself a hole. We need to do a better job mentally. They are a good squad — fast and physical. We had a hard time putting passes together or getting some offense.”

Newton made an initial push forward, but nothing came of it. The Panthers scored in the third minute on a direct kick play.

The Panthers scored again in the 31st minute when the Railers failed to clear a loose ball in front of the goal. Another missed clearing chance led to a Derby goal less than two minutes later.

Neither team developed much offense in the second half, but the Railers tightened up their defense, Newton finally got a shot in the 74th minute, but it was turned away by Derby keeper Elizabeth DeChristoforo.

Newton keeper Kelsi Langley stopped 12 of 15 shots on goal.

“Until our girls start finding some confidence in themselves, it’s going to be a long season,” Jantzi said. “If we would have played like we did in the second half, it would have been a much better result.”

Newton hosts Class 6A power Maize at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fischer Field. Maize was 8-0 going into Thursday’s games.

“We really need to get things on track or it will be a long match,” Jantzi said.

JUNIOR VARSITY — The Railers fell to Derby 5-0. Newton hosts Maize at 5 p.m. Tuesday.