WICHITA — Santiago Fernandez scored a brace late in the second half to lift the Newton High School boys’ soccer team to a 3-1 win over Wichita West Monday morning in the Titan Classic at the Wichita South soccer complex.
Fernandez scored in the 62nd and 76 minutes to lift a Railer team that held possession most of the game, but struggled to finish.
“We scored in that very first minute of the game, and we were successful with what we did,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “We continued to try the same thing over and over again. It just wasn’t working. We weren’t able to make the adjustments. We were more organized at halftime. Then we started to ping the ball around and create more opportunities. I encouraged them to use the flanks. Once we started doing that, we had some success.”
Fernandez’ second goal was short handed as the Railers were down to 10 players after the second red card in two games. Luke Alvarez assisted on the first goal. The second goal was unassisted as Fernandez took the ball off a defender and shot it.
Newton held a 19-7 advantage in total shots, 17-6 on goal. Selvin Abrego had five saves for the Railers. Gabriel Castrio Alvarez had 14 saves for the 0-1 Pioneers.
The Railers needed just 47 seconds to get on the board when Mikey Velasquez finished on a long pass from Carson Ebert. Newton controlled possession early, but West was able to get inside the Railer defensive third later in the period.
West posted its first shot in the 25th minute. While Newton failed to convert on several more scoring chances, West had a shot go off the top of the crossbar before getting cleared out by a Newton defender.
Newton held a 9-2 advantage in total shots.
Newton controlled possession for most of the second half. Alex Sanchez-Cortinas was ejected in the 65th minute after drawing his second yellow for trying to break up a West breakaway just shy of the penalty area. The Pioneers got two shots off on the play. The first was deflected out by a Railer defender for a corner kick. The second was kicked away by Abrego.
“It comes down to a lack of concentration,” Jantzi said. “I kept telling them to give us depth so you’re running onto the ball instead of backing into it. The way teams are going to hurt us is when they get the ball back behind us. They were able to do that a couple of times.”
Despite being up a player for the last 15 minutes, West managed just three shots the rest of the way, scoring on a Marcos Rodriguez rebound with 30 seconds remaining.
Newton, 1-1, plays the 0-1 Wichita Home School Warriors at 4 p.m. today at Carpenter Stadium with a chance to win the pool. It’s the first meeting between the two teams.
“It’s going to be another game where we come out and play our game,” Jantzi said. “We can’t play to the level of our competition. We have to move forward.”
SATURDAY’S GAME — Newton dropped the season opener to McPherson 4-1 Saturday morning at Fischer Field.
Gerardo Torres scored for Newton on a header from Santiago Fernandez.
Tyler Hoxie scored two goals for McPherson, including a penalty kick. Rhett Edmondson and Britton Haigh each added a goal. Drew Schrader and Jael Jaimie each had an assist.
Newton finished the game with 10 players after a red card.
The junior varsity won 4-1. Armando Alveraz scored Eyezaeah Mosqueda, Danny Gonzalez-Arevalo each added a goal.
1. N Mikey Velasquez (Carson Ebert) :47
2. N Santiago Fernandez (Luke Alvarez) 61:43
3. N S.Fernandez (unassisted) 75:41
4. WW Marcos Rodriguez (unassisted) 79:30
Total shots — New. 9-10—19, WW 2-5—7. Shots on goal — New. 8-9—17, WW 2-4—6. Saves — New.: Selvin Abrego (W) 2-3—5. WW: Gabriel Castro Alverez (L) 7-7—14. Corner kicks — New. 5, WW 3. Fouls — New. 13, WW 5. Offside — New. 1, WW 0. Cautions — New.: Santiago Fernandez 25:17, Alex Sanchez-Cortinas 50:19, 64:14. WW: Javier Meza-Arreguin 33:51. Ejection: New.: Sanchez-Aravelo 64:14 (second yellow).