The Newton High School girls' soccer team looked like it was bound for another 1-0 loss after giving up a late first-half goal to Hutchinson Friday night in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at Fischer Field. The Railer offense finally got loose late in the game, rallying for a 3-1 win. Katelyn Zinn scored twice for Newton in a 72 second span. Leilani Medina nailed the game shut with a breakaway in the 66th minute. The win was Newton's second straight as the Railers improve to 4-8-1, 2-2 in Division play. Hutchinson falls to 8-5, 2-1 in Division I play. "They were moving forward, and our defense did a good job of stopping penetration," Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. "Then we were able to find the holes in their passing. We were able to connect passes. When we connected passes, we created opportunities. We shot and put it in the back of the net. I'm very proud of the girls. That is a quality win against a quality team. Coach (Chris) Reeves always has them playing at the top of their game. I was glad we were able to get one from them." The game was scheduled for Thursday at Hutchinson, but moved to Newton on late notice because of weather and field conditions. Next year's game scheduled for Newton is expected to be moved to Hutchinson. Hutchinson outshot Newton 13-5. Newton keeper Kelsi Langley had 12 saves in goal. Hutchinson keeper Hannah Dejmal had just one save, stopping a breakaway chance in the first half. Possession was about even early in the game with neither team able to mount an attack. Newton missed a couple of chances, including a corner kick. Hutchinson finally broke through in the 33rd minute on a shot by Jordan Downing that knocked Langley into the goal. The Salt Hawks had several chances late in the half, but Langley was able to keep Hutchinson at bay. Hutchinson took several shots early in the second half, that again Langley was able to turn away. Newton finally broke through in the 52nd minute when freshman Taylor Edson fed a pass to Zinn, who was able to finish. After the restart, Newton got the ball back and was able to convert when foreign exchange student Henriette Nordli fed a crossing pass to Zinn. Medina took the ball off the defender for a breakaway goal in the 66th minute. The remaining 14 minutes saw most of the action staying in the midfield. Hutchinson had a couple of opportunities to move forward, but the defense prevented any serious shots. Newton has little time to gloat over the win, facing 5-5-2 Derby at 1 p.m. today in a weather-related make-up. "They are another quality 6A school that plays really fast," Jantzi said. "We're going to have to be able to slow them down. When we have the opportunities, we have to be able to finish." JUNIOR VARSITY The Newton junior varsity downed Hutchinson 2-0. Tamra Wilson scored both goals. Newton hosts Arkansas City at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
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1. H Jordan Downing (Madison Brady) 32:44 2. N Katelyn Zinn (Taylor Edison) 51:46 3. N Zinn (Henriette Nordli) 52:58 4. N Leilani Medina (unassisted) 65:40 Total shots New. 2-35, Hut. 6-713. Shots on goal New. 1-34, Hut. 6-713. Saves New.: Kelsi Langley (W) 5-712. Hut.: Hannah Dejmal (L) 1-01. Corner kicks New. 2, Hut. 1. Fouls New. 1, Hut. 10. Offsides New. 1, Hut. 2. Cautions none.