The Newton High School soccer team got off to a slow start against Salina Central Tuesday to open Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at Fisher Field, leading to a 2-2 overtime draw.
Newton improved its play in the second half, but a late defensive mistake allowed Central to even the game.
"The first half, we didn't even come out to play," Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. "It took us till the second half to start putting things together. Once we started putting things together, things happened for us. We tied it up. We got the lead. We need to do a much better job of finishing the game. That's the second game where we've had a lead with less than five minutes left, and we gave it away. I hope this game doesn't come back to haunt us come regional time. It's not a loss, but it feels like one."
Arias Octavio and Jack Weiner each scored a goal for Central, 2-3-1. Carlos Reyes and Frank Vasquez each scored a goal for Newton, 4-1-2.
Central took control of the game early, scoring on breakaway by Octavio in the fourth minute. Central got one more shot in the half. Newton was able to get two shots on goal late in the half, but nothing that presented a serious threat.
Newton had the first shot of the second half in the 59th minute off a direct kick. Central's first shot of the second half came in the 61st minute.
Newton came back in the 70th minute on a Vasquez long shot off a throw in. The Railers took the lead less than two minutes later on a Reyes free kick.
A defensive misplay gave Central an open-net goal by Weiner in the 78th minute. Newton had two chances in the final 30 seconds.
Neither team took a shot on goal in the first half of overtime. Newton had a scoring chance in the final seconds on a corner kick. Each team took a shot in the second half of overtime.
"They came into our place and played physical," Jantzi said. "They took advantage of our mistakes. We struggled with communication. If we don't communicate, we don't connect passes."
Newton returns to play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Goddard, a team the Railers beat 2-1 in the semifinals of the Goddard Invitational.
"We're going to have to play much better than we did tonight," Jantzi said.
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity downed Salina Central 2-1. Carlos Cornejo and Juan Toribio each scored goals for Newton. Christian Jackson had 11 saves in goal. Newton hosts Goddard at 5 p.m. Thursday.
S.Central 1 1 (0-0) —2
Newton 0 2 (0-0) —2
1. SC Arias Octavio (unassisted) 3:21
2. N Frank Vasquez (unassisted) 69:43
3. N Carlos Reyes (unassisted) 71:31
4. SC Jack Weiner (unassisted) 77:42
Total shots — SC 2-5-(0-1)—8, New. 3-8-(1-1)—13. Shots on goal — SC 2-5-(0-1)—8, New. 2-4-(0-1)—7. Saves — SC: Taylor Hansen (T) 2-2-(0-1)—5. New.: Gustavo Castillo (T) 1-4-(0-1)—6. Corner kicks — SC 8, New. 8. Fouls — SC 12, New. 10. Offsides — SC 3, New. 0. Cautions — SC: Isaac Rodrigiuez 21:36, Zachary Martin 71:28.