The Newton High School boys’ soccer team showed a little more grit against Maize South Thursday night at Fischer Field for Senior Night than they did in their last game, but the Railers lacked the offensive punch needed, falling 3-1.

Landon Eskeridge scored two goals for the 13-3 Mavericks. Both goals came in the second half to break a 1-1 tie. Cooper Joseph assisted on both goals. The goals came on crossing passes in the 56th and 67th minutes.

With the win, Maize locks up a top-four seed in the Class 5A regional pool and will hosts a regional beginning Tuesday.

“We turned things around,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “We were able to put pressure on higher up the field. We were able to get the early goal. We still have that early struggle where the mindset is ball watching instead of knowing where the runner is running. They were able to get in on us twice in that second half. Those were preventable goals. We just have to know where people are in those situations.”

It was Newton’s fourth straight game against a team ranked in the top four in the regional standings at the time of the game.

“What’s frustrating is the teams that we beat are ahead of us,” Jantzi said. “If we’re going by RPI, we have one of the toughest schedules except for some of the Kansas City teams that played in some big tournaments.”

Newton was outshot 16-7, 8-3 in the second half. Carsen Ebert had four saves in goal for Newton. Freshman Joel Franz entered the game late in the first half and finished with seven. Ethan Wiens had six saves for South.

“During warm-ups, Selvin (Abrego) went down during with a wrist injury,” Jantzi said. “Carsen started. We switched him out for Joel. We needed Carsen’s energy up top. The kids responded. We were without Jose Moreno — he’s a key player. Not sure what his status is for next week. Hopefully, we can get one without him. The guys showed a lot of heart tonight.”

Newton drew first blood in the 24th minute when Xander Valdivia ran down a Michael Velasquez throw in and put it past the South keeper.

The Mavericks responded with a goal by Spencer Steinhoff in the 29th minute on a Bryce Bowman crossing pass.

Newton ends the regular season 3-13. Newton will play Monday at either Wichita Northwest, Hays or Great Bend. If Newton wins Monday, they will play Tuesday at Andover Central, a team Newton lost to in overtime. Final pairings are expected today.

“There’s a bunch of teams in the mix,” Jantzi said. “We’re ready for the playoffs and I think we’re one of the most dangerous teams out there.”

M.South;1;2;—3

Newton;1;0;—1

1. N Xander Valdivia (Michael Velasquez) 23:13

2. MS Spencer Steinhoff (Bryce Bowman) 28:59

3. MS Landon Eskridge (Cooper Joseph) 55:56

4. MS Eskridge (Joseph) 66:05

Total shots — MS 8-8—16, New. 4-3—7. Shots on goal — MS 7-7—14, New. 4-3—7. Saves — MS: Ethan Wiens (W) 3-3—6. New.: Carsen Ebert (27:00, 0 ga) 4-x—4; Joel Franz (L, 53:00, 3 ga) 2-5—7. Corner kicks — MS 4, New. 3. Fouls — MS 10, New. 15. Offside — MS 1, New. 2. Cautions — none.

Class 5A

Central/South Central

Regional Pool

;w-l-t;GF;GA;GD

Andover Ct.;14-1-1;51;12;+39

Salina Ct.;13-3-0;53;28;+25

Maize So.;13-3-0;65;16;+49

G.Eisenhower;12-4-0;60;20;+40

McPherson;12-4-0;67;14;+53

B.Carroll;12-4-0;33;10;+23

Salina So.;9-7-0;52;34;+18

Kapaun-Mt. C.;8-7-1;38;15;+23

Valley Ctr.;8-8-0;41;22;+19

W.Heights;7-7-1;29 21;+8

Maize;7-9-0;26;31;-5

Andover;6-9-1;23;29;-6

Great Bend;6-10-0;39;50;-11

Hays;6-10-0;37;32;+5

W.Northwest;6-10-0;17;52;-35

Arkansas City;4-12-0;30;78;-48

Goddard;3-12-1;10;75;-65

Newton;3-13-0;23;45;-22

AV-CTL I

Final Standings

;w-l-t

S.Central;5-1-0

Derby;5-1-0

Campus;4-2-0

S.South;3-3-0

Maize;2-4-0

Hutchinson;1-5-0

Newton;1-5-0