After a weak performance Tuesday, the Newton High School boys' soccer team returned to form two days later with a 2-0 win over Goddard at Fischer Field.
Newton fell to Salina South 4-0 Tuesday to take Newton out of the fourth seed in the upcoming regionals.
Jairo Santos scored both goals for the Railers, one in each half.
"We played better and we played more as a team," Santos said. "I don't know. They played a little bit better in the second half, but we got the win, and that's all that matters."
"The guys came out with a better mindset tonight," Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. "Then they started to get us out of our shape. We needed to switch things around a little bit. We put some players in positions they aren't used to playing. We got our shape back. We got that goal in the last minute of the first half. That really helped out. At halftime, I told the guys that one goal wasn't going to get it done against that team. We came back and Frank (Vasquez) found Jairo, who had a great angle on the shot."
Newton controlled possession for the first 10 minutes of play. Then neither team controlled possession for the rest of the half.
Goddard missed an early scoring chance that went off the post. Newton finally breeched the goal, taking three shots in the final minute. The first two were deflected by Goddard. The third, by Santos, went in from about five yards out.
Neither team did much early in the second half. Newton increased its advantage in the 55th minute when Santos converted on a crossing pass from Frank Vasquez.
Goddard was able to mount some attacks late in the game. The Lions posted their first shot on goal with 1:41 remaining. Newton finished the game with a 12-5 advantage in total shots and a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Gustavo Castillo had one save in goal for Newton for the win. Landon Babcock had five saves in goal for the Lions.
Goddard falls to 7-7, with Newton winning the season series between the two teams 2-0. Newton improves to 9-4-2 and ends the regular season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Rose Hill.
"We have a tough game against Rose Hill," Jantzi said. "Hopefully, someone will get Salina South and we can host a regional. If things play out, we can get that fourth seed."
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity boys stopped Goddard 3-0. Caleb Woodward, Carlos Cornejo and Carlos Beltran each scored a goal for Newton. Christian Jackson and Roberto Toribio each spent a half in goal. Newton is 9-2-1 and hosts Rose Hill at 5 p.m. Thursday to end the season.
Goddard 0 0 —0
Newton 1 1 —2
1. N Jairo Santos (unassisted) 39:19
2. N Santos (Frank Vasquez) 54:15
Total shots — Gd. 1-4—5, New. 6-6—12. Shots on goal — Gd. 0-1—1, New. 3-4—7. Saves — Gd.: Landon Babcock (L) 2-3—5. New.: Gustavo Castillo (W) 0-1—1. Corner kicks — Gd. 2, New. 0. Fouls — Gd. 2, New. 12. Offsides — Gd. 2, New. 1. Cautions — New.: Jacob Dobson 66:41, Calvin Fox 72:28.