The Newton High School girls’ soccer team got off to a strong start, but a little complacency late nearly cost the Railers in a 2-1 win over visiting Salina South at Fischer Field in AV-CTL I play.
Newton led 2-0 before Julian Coleman scored on a breakaway in the 74th minute.
The Railers snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 6-6, 2-1 in league play. South falls to 5-6-1, 2-2 in league play.
“We were able to keep possession up top,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “In that second half, I switched things around. We went from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 trying to keep more possession up top. We started to lose the middle of the field, so we moved back to a 4-4-2 and had more success. We had a breakdown and they were able to score and they gained confidence. We had to adjust to that.”
Newton held about a 60-40 possession advantage in the first half and an 8-1 advantage in total shots.
Newton scored in the 24th minute when Abbi Jackson took a pass from Izzy Saenz and put it in.
South didn’t get a shot off until the 38th minute. Newton came back with a goal by Kenzi Gillispie on an inside pass from Aspen Olson with 19 seconds left the half.
South had a couple of shots early in the second half as possession equaled out to about 50-50. Newton was outshot 4-2 in the period.
South had a breakaway in the final minute to try and tie the game, but the shot attempt went wide. Newton had an attempt in the final seconds, but the attempt went wide.
Megan Million had four saves in goal for the Railers, while Elizabeth Franco had seven.
Newton plays at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hutchinson at the Salthawk District Soccer Complex (E. 23rd Avenue and N. Severance Street).
“That will be our first time on natural grass,” Jantzi said. “We have Campus after that. Those are both young teams that, if we give them space and time, will hurt you. We have keep our sense of structure up.”
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity fell 6-1. Aketzali Solorio scored for Newton. Newton plays Tuesday at Hutchinson.
1. N Abbi Jackson (Izzy Saenz) 23:45
2. N Kenzi Gillispie (Aspen Olson) 39:41
3. SS Julian Coleman (Monique Fair) 73:42
Total shots — SS 1-4—5, New. 8-2—10. Shots on goal — SS 1-4—5, New. 7-2—9. Saves — SS: Elizabeth Franco (L) 5-2—7, New. Megan Million (W) 1-3—4. Corner kicks — SS 2, New. 2. Fouls — SS 5, New. 4. Offside — SS 1, New. 0. Cautions — New.: Ken.Gillispie 64:51.