With seven starters returning, the Newton High School girls’ soccer team will be looking to make another run at league and state honors.
The Railers are coached by Scott Jantzi, in his sixth year as the girls’ head coach. He also has coached the boys for 13 years. He is 166-148-19 overall at Newton, 49-50-7 with the girls.
Jantzi is assisted by Robin Montano and Adam Jantzi, who both handle junior varsity duties.
Newton was 15-4 last season, 5-1 in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play. Newton downed Wichita Heights 9-0 in the Class 5A regional semifinals and Bishop Carroll 1-0 in the regional finals. Newton lost by penalty kicks to Kapaun-Mt. Carmel in the state quarterfinals. Kapaun went on to finish second in state in Class 5A.
The Railers are led by senior Brookelynn Entz, a Kansas State signee, who scored 34 goals with 10 assists last season. She was a first-team All-AV-CTL I and all-state pick.
Other returning starters include senior goalkeeper Megan Akers, an honorable mention All-AV-CTL I pick; senior defender-midfielder Rebekah Tonn (2 goals, 3 assists), an honorable mention All-AV-CTL I pick; senior forward-midfielder Aylin Torres (6 goals, 9 assists), a second-team All-AV-CTL I pick; junior Abby Edson (1 goal), a first-team All-AV-CTL I pick; junior midfielder Izzy Saenz (6 goals, 7 assists); and sophomore midfielder Aspen Olson (3 goals, 2 assists).
Other returning letterwinners include sophomore defender-midfielder Aurora Castillo (1 goal), junior defender Kenzie Parsons and sophomore midfielder Legacy Victorio-Coto.
“We have young talent coming in yearly, now, that have been playing club soccer,” Adam Jantzi said. “So, there is a good combination of older experience and younger talent. I see another 10-plus win season. Our goal is always to get farther in the playoffs. I believe we could be one of the top 5A schools in central Kansas or even the state. Our defense will be lead by senior GK Megan Akers and Abby Edson. Our offense will be lead by senior midfielder Brookelynn Entz. Defense conceded 18 goals and our offense scored 65 goals last season, which we would like to improve on in both of these areas. With the talent around these key players, we should compete well for a conference, regional, and/or state championship.”
Jantzi looks at Maize and Derby as the top contenders for the AV-CTL I title. Top non-league opponents include Maize South, Valley Center and McPherson. Maize took third in Class 5A last season. McPherson took third in Class 4-3-2-1A state.
The Class 5A state final four will be May 26 and 27 at Bethel College’s Thresher Stadium.
March 17 Rose Hill 6:30 p.m.
March 28-31 @ McPherson Inv. TBA
April 4 @ Andover 6:30 p.m.
April 6 Valley Center 6:30 p.m.
April 11 Maize South 6:30 p.m.
April 13 @ Buhler 6:30 p.m.
April 18 Salina Central 6:30 p.m.
April 21 @ McPherson 6:30 p.m.
April 25 Derby 6:30 p.m.
April 27 @ Salina South 6:30 p.m.
May 2 Hutchinson 6:30 p.m.
May 4 Campus 6:30 p.m.
May 9 @ Maize 6:30 p.m.
May 11 @ Andover Central 6:30 p.m.
May 16-18 @ Regionals TBA
May 23 State Quarterfinals TBA
May 25-26 State @ Thresher Stadium, North Newton TBA