After a tense first half, the flood gates opened for the Newton High School boys’ soccer team in the second to claim a 6-1 win over Salina South Thursday in AV-CTL I play at Fischer Field.
Newton scored five goals in the second half to break a 1-1 tie.
Edward Valdivia and Jose Rojas each had two goals for the Railers. Valdivia added an assist. Brayden Cornejo had a goal with two assists. Bruno Duran scored a goal and Andy Deckert dished a pair of assists to Valdivia.
“The first half, we played good, but we just didn’t connect our passes together,” Valdivia said. “In the second half, we started connecting passes. I got a couple of good passes from Deckert. I was happy I was able to finish.”
“We did very well in the first half,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “The whole back line was different tonight. We had some players out injured. We had one out because of a discipline thing that goes back to the last time we played them. Henry (Friesen-Guhr) went to the inside. We had some not so experienced outside backs. We had one mistake. Other than that, we played very well.”
Newton rebounds from a 1-0 road loss to Campus Thursday.
“We were disappointed in the loss to Campus,” Valdivia said. “We’re still fighting for first place in the league. That’s one of the goals for the season.”
“We played very well in that match,” Jantzi said. “We gave up one mistake and they were able to capitalize. We didn’t capitalize. To bounce back from that match was important.”
Newton outshot South 20-3, 14-1 in the second half. Hervey Medina had two saves in goal for the Railers. Daniel Valtierra-Picasso had 13 saves for South, 5-6, 1-1 in league play.
Newton took control early, but South took advantage of an unsuccessful Railer corner kick to score on a counter attack by Esteban Escobedo.
Newton finally breached the goal in the 23rd minute when Jose Rojas converted a pass from Brayden Cornejo.
Newton came out and continued to pressure in the second half. Bruno Duran put in a corner kick in the 43rd minute. Less than two minutes later, a South defender knocked in a Rojas shot set up by a Cornejo pass. Edward Valdivia followed in the 49th minute. Cornejo and Valdivia added goals late to put the game away.
“You could see the confidence as the game went along,” Jantzi said. “We were able capitalize on some mistakes. Their heads went down. We’ve put several games together now.”
Newton is 6-4, 1-1 in AV-CTL I play. Newton hosts Derby at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fischer Field.
“You look at our schedule and there is not an easy match,” Jantzi said. “We’re going to have to come out and battle. Hopefully, we’ll have our heads on straight. Derby has kind of been our Achilles heel. We haven’t been able to be very productive against them. We want to be one of the top teams in the conference, so we have battle teams like Derby.”
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity downed Salina South 1-0. Santíago Fernandez scored for Newton with an assist from Gage Lettau. Newton hosts Derby at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
1. SS Esteban Escobedo (Joan Licon) 10:58
2. N Jose Rojas (Brayden Cornejo) 22:50
3. N Bruno Duran (Jose Moreno) 42:01
4. N Rojas (Cornejo) 43:58
5. N Edward Valdivia (Andy Deckert) 48:08
6. N Cornejo (Valdivia) 52:12
7. N Valdivia (Deckert) 63:08
Total shots — SS 2-1—3, New. 6-14—20. Shots on goal — SS 2-1—3, New. 4-13—17. Saves — SS: Daniel Valtierra-Picasso (L) 3-8—13, New.: Hervey Medina (W) 1-1—2. Corner kicks — SS 2, New. 7. Fouls — SS 7, New. 9. Offside — SS 0, New. 1. Cautions — none.