By Mark Schnabel
It wasn’t flashy. It wasn’t always pretty. But the Newton High School boys’ soccer team did what it needed to do to reach the Class 5A South-Central I Regional finals, stopping Wichita West 4-0 Tuesday at Fischer Field.
Misseal Reyes scored two goals with an assist for the Railers. Felipe Carvalho and Garrett Schuck each added a goal. Noe Torres and Will Leake each added an assist.
“We’re one step closer to where we want to go,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “This next match, we’re going to have to play more solid. Both teams are quality. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about what we need to do to win that game and get one step closer to our goal.”
The Railers took control of the game just 65 seconds in when Reyes put in a rebound of Torres’ shot. The Railers controlled the ball for the remainder of the first half but didn’t score again until Felipe Carvalho scored with three minutes remaining.
Newton put the game out of reach in the 53rd minute when Schuck headed in a Reyes corner kick. Reyes scored the final goal in the 64th minute.
West picked up its intensity in the remaining time but was unable to generate any offense. Newton had 11 offsides calls in the game.
“We had trouble creating space for ourselves in that first half,” Jantzi said. “It opened up a little bit more in the second half.”
Newton held a 16-1 advantage in total shots. Newton keeper Casey Budd’s sole save was a direct kick in the first half. West keeper Andrew Bachar had 12 saves for the Pioneers, who end the season 4-12-1.
Newton improves to 15-2 and plays Kapaun-Mt. Carmel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (note change in start time) at Fischer Field. Kapaun advanced with a 3-1 win at Andover Central.
“They’re a quality team,” Jantzi said. “We just have to play more organized. We have to move the ball quicker, use our flanks. We need to play (what) they’re taught in practice, bringing it to a bigger field.”
W.West 0 0 —0
Newton 2 2 —4
1. N Misseal Reyes (Noe Torres) 1:05
2. N Felipe Carvalho (unassisted) 37:00
3. N Garrett Schuck (Reyes) 52:33
4. N Reyes (Will Leake) 63:40
Total shots — WW 1-0—1, New. 6-10—16. Shots on goal — WW 0-1—1, New. 6-8—14. Saves — WW: Andrew Bachar (L) 4-6—10. New.: Casey Budd (W) 1-0—1. Corner kicks — WW 0, New. 8. Fouls — WW 9, New. 6. Offsides — WW 0, New. 11. Cautions — WW: Brandon Moreno 63:23.
Newton 4, Wichita West 0
Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 3, Andover Central 1
Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (10-7) at Newton (15-2) 6:30 p.m.