McPHERSON — Missing leading scorer Brookelynn Entz with an ankle injury, the Newton High School girls’ soccer team struggled to generate an attack, falling to Maize South 3-0 Friday night in the championship game of the McPherson Invitational.
The 3-0 Mavericks avenge a loss to the Railers in last year’s finals.
Newton was outshot 13-1. Megan Akers had six saves in goal for the Railers. Abbey Wilks had the shutout in goal for South, but had no saves.
“Once that first goal went in, the heads dropped a little bit,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “The energy was lost. We regrouped at halftime. We did a much better job of connecting passes together. If Aylin (Torres)’s shot doesn’t go off the woodwork, we’re right back in the game. The girls showed some fight. There’s only so much you can do with three subs. Coming back in just 24 hours is tough.”
Entz was injured in the final eight minutes of play against Topeka Thursday in the semifinals. Jantzi said there is no timetable for Entz’ return, but he said she could be ready as soon as Tuesday.
“We didn’t want to stick her in there and get her injured further,” Jantzi said. “We want her to take care of her body.”
Entz and Akers were both named to the all-tournament team.
Newton stayed with South in the first 20 minutes of play, keeping possession near even. The Mavericks started controlling the attack late in the first half, scoring three goals in the final 14 minutes of play — one on a high looping shot by Madison Edwards, one on a Paige Ledesma breakaway set up by a Brooke Cooper pass and one on an Avery Green header on a Hayden Burnett corner kick.
Newton was outshot 9-0 in the first half.
Newton’s first shot of the game came in the 45th minute on an Aylin Torres shot that went off the post.
Neither team mounted any serious attack in the remaining time.
Newton plays at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Andover, followed by Valley Center Thursday at home.
“We’re back to square one,” Jantzi said. “We need to get on top of Andover and have a good result. We need someone to step up and generate that offense.”
1. MS Madison Edwards (unassisted) 26:49
2. MS Paige Ledesma (Brooke Cooper) 33:27
3. MS Avery Green (Hayden Burnett) 37:00
Total shots — New. 0-1—1, MS 9-4—13. Shots on goal — New. 0-0—0, MS 8-1—9. Saves — New.: Megan Akers (L) 5-1—6. MS: Abbey Wilks (W) 0-0—0. Corner kicks — New. 0, MS 5. Fouls — New. 0, MS 7. Offsides — New. 0, MS 1. Cautions — none.