McPHERSON — The Newton High School girls’ soccer team nearly learned its lesson the hard way about trying to protect one-goal leads.?After scoring in the sixth minute, the Railers led the third-place game of the McPherson Invitational for nearly 63 minutes against Maize South before giving up a goal. After playing scoreless ball the remaining 10:54 of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime, Newton won the penalty kick shootout 3-0 to claim the third-place medal.?“It was a hard-fought game by both teams,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “They did a good job of possessing the ball. In the first half, we did a good job of finding the open play and connecting passes. In the second half, we lost some conditioning. We fought. They were able to equalize. I was proud the girls were able to step up and win in overtime. We were missing Logan (Porter) in the middle and Ashley (Akers) did a great job of learning her role. Taylor Edson had another great game. I have to give props to our back four. They are going to keep us in every single game. It’s good to get some hardware. It’s a good confidence booster for these ladies.”?Newton had its highest finish in the tournament.?Senior Ardys Woodward scored the goal for Newton. She also scored the clinching goal of the penalty-kick shootout. Katelyn Zenn and Ashley Akers added shootout goals.?Yvette Aguilar scored for Maize South on a breakaway attempt in the 70th minute. The 2-2 Mavericks missed one shootout attempt wide left and two attempts high.?Kelsi Langley had nine saves in goal for the shootout win. Langley was named to the all-tournament team.?Newton took control of the game early, scoring on an Ardys Woodward direct kick in the sixth minute. The shot was against a stiff wind. The Railers missed a breakaway chance midway in the half, then went into a defensive shell. Newton was outshot 4-2 in the period.?“It was a good game,” Ardys Woodward said. “I’ve taken those shots before. I noticed their keeper was off her line. I was able to get the ball in the upper corner and it went in. You use the wind to your advantage. I was able to kick it high and drop it in. I practiced (penalty kicks) a lot. I was able to put it in. That was exciting.”?There was very little offense in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Langley stopped a point-blank shot in the 61st minute. The Railers came back with a counter attack chance less than a minute later for Maize South keeper Meghan McRay’s first save of the game.?After the Mustangs scored the equalizer, Newton came back with a pair of shots.?A South shot went off the crossbar and bounced out in the final minute of regulation.?Each team had a scoring chance in the first minute of overtime, but neither was able to get off a shot.?“They were pushing it, but we were solid in the back,” Ardys Woodward said. “I knew we could push back. Defense is our strength. If we play defense, we’ll do well. It will keep going. We’re going to have a strong season this year.”?Newton faces Andover at 6 p.m. today at Andover District Stadium. Andover is 3-1, beating Buhler 1-0 in the fifth-place game of the Goddard Invitational.?“We have Andover on Tuesday and Valley Center on Thursday,” Jantzi said. “We’ll get ready for them on Monday.

Newton 1 0 (0-0) (3) —1?Maize So. 0 1 (0-0) (0) —1

Newton wins on penalty kicks 3-0.?1. N Ardys Woodward (unassisted) 5:24?2. MS Yvette Aguilar (Ryann Burnett) 69:06?Shootout — New.: Made (Katelyn Zinn, Ashley Akers, A.Woodward), Missed (Hannah Yoder-sv). MS: Made (none), Missed (Aspen Loe-WR, Burnett-high, Meghan McRay-high).?Total shots — New. 2-3-(0-0)—5, MS 4-7-(0-0)—11. Shots on goal — New. 1-3-(0-0)—4, MS 4-6-(0-0)—10. Saves — New.: Kelsi Langley (W) 4-5-(0-0)—9. MS: Meghan McKay (L) 0-3-(0-0)—3. Corner kicks — New. 2, MS 3. Fouls — New. 6, MS 3. Offsides — New. 1, MS 1. Cautions — none.?Seventh McPherson?Invitational?Quarterfinals?Hays 5, Augusta 0?Newton 2, Salina South 0?Maize South 7, Topeka 2?Andover Central 3, McPherson 2?Semifinals?Championship?Hays 1, Newton 0?Andover Central 1, Maize South 1 (OT) Andover Central won PK shootout?Medal round?Seventh place: Topeka 1, Augusta 1 (OT) Augusta won PK shootout?Fifth place: Salina South 1, McPherson 1 (OT) Salina South won PK shootout 4-1?Third place: Newton 1, Maize South 1 (OT) Newton won PK shootout 3-0?Championship: Andover Central 2, Hays 2?All-Tournament Team?MVP: Evan Stamp, Andover Central?Masen Stamp, Andover Central?Taylor Herman, Hays?Haley Ruder, McPherson?Ryann Burnett, Maize South?Colleen O’Connor, McPherson?Yvette Aguilar, Maize South?Maria Munoz, Topeka?Kelsi Langley, Newton?Shelby Dinkel, Hays?Taylor Childers, Augusta?Jackie Conway, Salina South