By Mark Schnabel
The Newton High School boys’ soccer team had its hands full all night in the Class 5A, South-Central I Regional finals Thursday at Fischer Field.
Felipe Carvalho finally put an end to it with a breakaway goal with 18.5 seconds remaining in the first overtime to hand the Railers a come-from-behind 3-2 win.
“I don’t know, my heart skipped,” said Carvalho, an exchange student from Brazil. “I was feeling that we could not lose that game here at home. Our dream keeps up. I took it off one or two defenders. We talked in the break before the second half, we could not lose here. We have a long way to go. We have to go to state.”
Ben Kreider scored two goals in the second half to overcome a 2-0 deficit.
“We knew if we knocked it around and just stayed confident, we’d score,” Kreider said. “We had some unlucky misses in the first half, and they had some lucky breaks.”
Last year, Kreider was given two quick cards in a loss by penalty kicks against Liberal in the regional finals.
“I wasn’t thinking as straight last year,” Kreider said. “This year, I was in a calmer state of mind. I enjoyed playing in the second half and overtime this year. It was great to play at home in front of a big crowd.”
It was the second time this season Newton overcame a two-goal deficit for an overtime win. The Railers stopped Derby in similar fashion.
“At half, I walked in and told them, ‘Take a deep breath. You all have to relax,’” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “‘We have 40 minutes left.’ For the most part, we played well. In the first half, we had the ball get behind us. That was a nice finish on their part. Then we had an unfortunate handball in the box. Before the beginning of the game, in our pre-game, it seemed like the guys were tight. They were on each other the whole time. Not a lot of positive talk. In that first half, once that first goal went down, it seemed like they started to panic. I told them at halftime, ‘Relax, it will come to us. Get that first goal, and things will happen from there.’”
Newton took control early, posting the first three shots of the game, but to no avail. Kapaun scored its first shot, a breakaway by Drue Benning in the 23rd minute. A handball by Newton in the penalty area led to a Tyler Flores penalty kick.
Newton scored in the 52nd minute when Ben Kreider headed in a Missael Reyes corner kick. Newton evened the game in the 54th minute when Kreider deflected in a Tanner Gatz throw in.
“I knew, since the wind going with Missael’s inswing, it would be coming on the near post. I went that way and Missael served up a great ball, and I put it in.”
“It’s nice to be on this end of it,” Jantzi said. “It was a nice, hard-fought game. Kapaun is a good team. They’ve always been quality. It’s nice to be on this end of a game. Coming back from two down against Kapaun, that’s showing guts.”
Newton, 16-2, will get to host a state quarterfinal game Tuesday. The time and opponent won’t be set until after Saturday because of postponements to the Winfield-Hutchinson game and the Salina Central-Emporia game.
“We just have to do more of the same that we had in the second half,” Kreider said. “We need to play our style of game. We have to play confident and as a team. This is good for us to have to win a tough one and come back.”
Kapaun-Mt.C. 2 0 (0-x) —2
Newton 0 2 (1-x) —3
1. KMC Drue Benning (unassisted) 22:36
2. KMC Tyler Flores (penalty kick) 30:47
3. N Ben Kreider (Misseal Reyes) 51:29
4. N B.Kreider (Tanner Gatz) 53:35
5. N Felipe Carvalho (unassisted) 89:41.5
Total shots — KMC 2-2-(0-x)—4, New. 4-2-(2-x)—8. Shots on goal — KMC 2-2-(0-x)—4, New. 2-3-(2-x)—7. Saves — KMC: Matthew Galley (L) 2-1-(1-x)—4. New.: Casey Budd (W) 0-2-(0-x)—2. Corner kicks — KMC 3, New. 6. Fouls — KMC 8, New. 11. Offsides — KMC 1, New. 0. Cautions — KMC: Michael Sheets 20:12, Luke Hansen 49:00, Alexander Lievens 63:13, bench 73:57. New.: Missael Reyes 25:03.