The Newton High School girls' soccer team didn't face much pressure on defense for the first 70 minutes against Salina South Tuesday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play. The Railer defense had to withstand a barrage from the Cougars in the last 10 minutes to hold on to a 1-0 win. Newton snaps a seven-game losing streak, five by one goal. Newton improves to 3-8-1, 1-2 in AV-CTL I play. Kelsi Langley had nine saves in goal for the shutout win. She had three in the final five minutes of play, including back-to-back shots at point-blank range. "They started pushing the ball a lot harder the second half," Langley said. "We got tired at the end. You could tell that by the defense. Our offense picked it up. I was impressed with our offense. We broke the curse. Those 1-0 games — we were on the other side tonight, which was nice." "We got a break," Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. "All it took for us was to get a toe on the ball to get it in the back of the net. Both teams played not-so-well in the first half. Neither team was able to keep possession of the ball. Both teams gave the ball away. In the second half, we were able to use the space they gave us. Fortunately, we were able to get that touch on the ball to get it to the back of the net. Our defense has to do a much better job late in the game and not put so much pressure on Kelsi. Kelsi came up huge again. She is a quality keeper, and I'm glad we have her." Newton scored in the 53rd minute when an Ardys Woodward direct kick was picked up by Leilani Medina, who slipped the ball into the lower right corner of the goal. Newton was outshot 9-6. McKenzie Haynes had four saves for the Cougars. Newton was outshot 5-4 in the first half. Each team had an early breakaway chance, stopped by the other's keeper. Woodward had a chance at a Railer goal on a direct kick that skipped off the top of the crossbar. Newton had a couple of chances early in the second half. The Railer defense was able to keep in front of South's attackers until late in the game. South falls to 5-6-1, 0-3 in AV-CTL I play. Newton faces Hutchinson at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hutchinson District Soccer Complex. Newton then hosts Derby at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fischer Field in a weather-related make-up game. Hutchinson is 9-4 after an 8-0 win over Campus. "Those are quality squads that we need to show ourselves we can play with," Jantzi said. "It would be nice to get at least one of those games."
S.South 0 0 —0 Newton 0 1 —1
1. N Leilani Medina (Ardys Woodward) 52:12 Total shots — SS 5-4—9, New. 4-2—6. Shots on goal — SS 5-4—9, New. 3-2—5. Saves — SS: McKenzie Haynes (L) 3-1—4. New.: Kelsi Langley (W) 5-4—9. Corner kicks — SS 3, New. 0. Fouls — SS 9, New. 3. Offsides — SS 3, New. 1. Cautions — none. JV — Salina South 2, Newton 0,