The Newton High School girls' soccer team received a strong challeng by Buhler Thursday in non-league play at Fischer Field, but the Railers prevailed 4-0.
Brookelynn Entz and Katelyn Zinn each scored two goals with an assist for the Railers. All four goals came on breakaways.
"They had pace and they worked the ball around really well," Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. "We were lucky to get them on their first game, so we're lucky that they are trying to figure things out. That's a good team and that's a good win for us. It shows we can play at a higher level. Brooke and Kate were finding each other and using each other. Being able to finish when we needed to finish, I was impressed with how we played on offense."
Newton held a 14-5 advantage in total shots. Ashley Main had eight saves in goal for the Crusaders. Newton freshman Megan Akers had fives saves for her first prep shutout in goal. Buhler had several breakaway chances that the Railer defense was able to run down and stop.
"There were still some question marks in the back," Jantzi said. "The last 30 minutes, Buhler was able to spread our defense out. We weren't making very good decisions in getting the ball out of our end, and we were losing the middle. They were counter attacking on us. We have to eliminate that counter attack, because that's where the goals are going to be scored."
Buhler got an early rush and a quick shot, but the Railers controlled possession for the remainder of the first half, scoring on a pair of Entz breakaways.
Newton held a 9-1 advantage in total shots in the first half.
The center referee left the field in the 30th minute because of illness. After a short delay, the game continued with two referees.
Each team had a scoring chance early in the second half. Newton scored on a breakaway in the 51st minute when Entz made a long run and made a back pass on the goalline to Zinn, who was able to finish.
The Railers capped off the scoring in the final minute when all of the Buhler players were in Newton's defensive end and a clearing ball went to Zinn just inside the midline. Zinn ran the ball down for a counter attack goal.
Newton, 2-0, faces McPherson at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the McPherson Invitational at McPherson Stadium. The Bullpups are 1-1 after a 1-0 loss to Salina Central Thursday.
"I'm not sure what they have," Jantzi said. "They won on Tuesday. They were playing Salina Central tonight. We'll see what that result was. We have two days of training to prepare for that. I think we'll come in ready because they are one of our top rivals."
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity tied Buhler 1-1. Tamra Wilson scored for Newton. The game was just 40 minutes because Buhler was shorthanded because of illness.
Buhler 0 0 —0
Newton 2 2 —4
1. N Brookelynn Entz (Katelyn Zinn) 16:06
2. N Entz (unassisted) 26:30
3. N Zinn (Entz) 50:41
4. N Zinn (unassisted) 79:31
Total shots — Buh. 1-4—5, New. 9-5—14. Shots on goal — Buh. 1-4—5, New. 8-4—12. Saves — Buh.: Ashley Main (L) 6-2—8. New.: Ashley Akers (W) 1-4—5. Corner kicks — Buh. 4, New. 5. Fouls — Buh. 7, New. 2. Offsides — Buh. 3, New. 2. Cautions — none.