ROSE HILL — It was game 1 AB (after Brookelynn Entz) for the Newton High School girls’ team, edging Rose Hill 3-1 Friday night at the Rose Hill Stadium.
With the Railers needing to replace some 40 goals from now K-State Wildcat Entz last season, sophomore Abbi Jackson made a start with two goals, including the game winner just before the end of the first half. Jackson had just two goals last season.
“We’ve been working very hard in practice,” Jackson said. “We knew they were going to be a good team. We played well together. It’s nice to win. … I’m working more on getting a good first touch. I was very dependent on Brookelynn last year. We’ve had to practice not having her out there.”
“There are still a lot of question marks, but these girls came together,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “The conditions were brutal. The wind was outrageous. In the first half, we had a really tough time of putting passes together. We gave up an own goal. But defense-wise, we played pretty well. We came together at the end and created some opportunities.”
The Railers were without Keila Gillispie and Kenzi Gillispie, both recovering from injuries.
Megan Million, making her first varsity start in goal, had two saves. She spent her last three seasons as backup to Megan Akers, who is now a rower at Kansas.
Reagan Evans had six saves in goal for Rose Hill.
Newton controlled the first five minutes of play. Rose Hill then controlled play for about the next 10 minutes.
Korryn Hackney scored for Rose Hill in the 13th minute off a Sarah Sissel direct kick. Newton came right back on a breakaway by Jackson on a through pass from Maddie Edson.
A Newton goal was called off with a minute left to play. Jackson intercepted from the keeper, scoring with 40 seconds left in the period.
Newton was called offside six times in the first half, although several of them appeared to be called when a Railer player broke onto the ball behind the defense after the pass was already made forward.
Neither team had much of a flow in the second half. Possession was about even, but Newton outshot the Rockets 5-1. Newton put things away in the 75th minute when freshman Arianna Campos finished a crossing pass from Aspen Olson.
The Railers did a better job of keeping Rocket playmaker Hackney away from the ball in the second half.
“We’re trying to develop a personality for this team,” Jantzi said. “It’s a whole new picture with out a 41-goal scorer, but these girls have been working hard in training. We need to work on some things to become better. Izzy (Saenz) did a fantastic job of distributing the ball. Abby Edson in the back did a fastastic job. Megan, on her first game in goal, did a very good job.”
Newton plays Augusta March 26 at the McPherson Invitational.
“We get a week,” Jantzi said. “I think we’re going to start training again on Wednesday. Spring break is always tough. It’s a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday arrangement, so we’ll be tested. The coaches will get tested in how they manage the players.”
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity downed Rose Hill 1-0 to open the season.
Valery Landrum scored for Newton with eight minutes remaining in play.
Newton plays April 3 at home against Andover.
1. RH Korryn Hackney (Sarah Sissel) 12:14
2. N Abbi Jackson (Maddie Edson) 16:22
3. N Jackson (unassisted) 39:20
4. N Arianna Campos (Aspen Olson) 74:43
Total shots — New. 4-5—9, RH 3-1—4. Shots on goal — New. 4-5—9, RH 3-0—3. Saves — New.: Megan Million (W) 2-0—2, RH: Reagan Evans (L) 2-4—6. Corner kicks — New. 1, RH 3. Fouls — New. 9, RH New. 6, RH . Offside — New. 7, RH 2. Cautions — New.: Abby Edson 12:06.