The Newton High School girls’ soccer team snapped a three-game losing streak, stopping Buhler 3-0 Thursday in non-league play at Fischer Field.
Newton evens its record to 4-4, while Buhler falls to 1-6.
Keila Gillispie had two goals for the Railers.
“I had a really good assist from other people,” Gillispie said. “We passed the ball really well tonight and I was able to get to it. This is a really big win. We needed it for a little more confidence.”
Gillispie was out early in the season because of injury.
“I’m feeling all right,” Gillispie said. “I’m glad to be back now.”
“We needed this type of game to get our confidence back,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “We played a tough game against Andover and a tough game against Valley Center and lost both of those 1-0 to quality squads. Tuesday night was a whole different story. We had a hard time adjusting to the speed of the game, losing to Maize South 10-0. This is a good result for us.”
Newton posts its first shutout of the season. Megan Million had six saves in goal for the Railers for her first varsity clean sheet. Jessi Fernau had seven saves in goal for Buhler.
Newton held a 13-8 advantage in total shots. Buhler did get seven corner kicks to six for the Railers. Newton was called for 11 fouls to five for the Crusaders.
The game was played with winds up to 30 mph from the south for a crosswind at Fischer Field.
“Buhler did get the ball back behind the defense, but we were able to turn them away,” Jantzi said. “The defense played well. We were able to create more chances up front than the last few games. We tried a 4-4-2 formation and that gave us more options.”
Newton held a 55-45 possession advantage in the first half, but Buhler got the first two shots of the game. The Railers scored in the 20th minute when the Crusaders failed to clear a corner kick and Kylee Franco popped it back in.
Keila Gillispie took an errant pass of the Buhler keeper and put it in the goal in the 28th minute.
Gillispie struck again in the 51st minute, taking the ball off the defense and converting a breakaway.
Newton turned away several Buhler chances late in the game.
Newton plays at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Salina Central to open AV-CTL I play. Central fell to Maize 10-0. Newton follows with a home game against Class 4-3-2-1A power McPherson.
“I think we match up very well against Central,” Jantzi said. “We’ve already seen Mac, so we’ll see how we can do on our field. We’ll try to get a better result.”
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity fell to Buhler 1-0. Newton plays at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Salina Central.
1. N Kylee Franco (unassisted) 19:26
2. N Keila Gillispie (unassisted) 27:36
3. N Kei.Gillispie (Arianna Campos) 50:45
Total shots — Buh. 5-3—8, New. 6-7—13. Shots on goal — Buh. 4-2—6, New. 4-6—10. Saves — Buh.: Jessi Fernau (L) 2-5—7, New.: Megan Million (W) 4-2—6. Corner kicks — Buh. 7, New. 6. Fouls — Buh. 5, New. 11. Offside — Buh. 0, New. 0. Cautions — N: Kei.Gillispie 17:55.