The Newton High School boys’ soccer team recorded back-to-back clean sheets after a 5-0 win over Valley Center Thursday night at Fischer Field.
The Railers have outscored opponents 12-0 in the last two games.
Newton was led by senior Jose Rojas with three goals. Andy Deckert scored a goal with an assist.
“We were really just having good energy,” Rojas said. “The first couple of games, we didn’t. We’re moving the ball to the flanks and having a lot of success from the outside. That’s how the goals came, from the outside in.”
“This is back-to-back games where we came out in the first five minutes and got on top,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “If we do that, the other team’s head goes down and creates a lot of momentum for us. In the first half, we did a really good job of using our flanks and finding Jose. He got a hat trick in the first half. I told the guys to believe in the system. They were able to do that tonight.”
Rojas scored twice in the first 10 minutes, both on rebounded shots. Deckert punched in a goal from point-blank range on a Sonny Ortiz crossing pass.
Rojas finished the hat trick in the 39th minute on a breakaway.
“The second one, I didn’t have a very good first shot,” Rojas said. “I found the ball a second time and put it in the back of the net. On the first one, I was in an awkward position. I wasn’t really expecting it. I had to adjust.”
The junior varsity make their mark in the 72nd minute when Santíago Fernandez put in a goal from Gage Lettau. Either team’s first shot of the second half.
“Santi did a good job of knocking the ball out of the goalkeeper’s hands,” Jantzi said. “We have a strong freshman class. They are going to do a good job for us.”
Newton outshot the Hornets 10-2. Hervey Medina had two saves in goal for the Railers for the shutout. Colby Swift had five saves in goal for Valley Center.
Newton is 5-3 at the mid-point of the season opens Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Campus.
“Campus has only given up four goals this year,” Jantzi said. “Their defense is very strong. They throw a lot of numbers up front at you. These next couple of days, we’ll see what we can come up with. … If we can keep Campus scoreless, we’ll have a really good shot.”
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity downed Valley Center 3-0. Milo Jones, Juan Porras and Lettau each scored a goal. Fernandez, Luis Camacho and Michael Velasquez each added an assist.
Newton is 3-0-2 and plays at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Campus.
1. N Jose Rojas (unassisted) 5:43
2. N Rojas (unassisted) 9:31
3. N Andy Deckert (Sonny Ortiz) 22:58
4. N Rojas (Deckert) 38:34
5. N Santíago Fernandez (Gage Lettau) 71:20
Total shots — VC 2-0—2, New. 8-2—10. Shots on goal — VC 2-0—2, New. 8-2—10. Saves — VC: Colby Swift (L) 4-1—5. New.: Hervey Medina (W) 2-0—2. Corner kicks — VC 0, New. 2. Fouls — VC 8, New. 13. Offside — VC 1, New. 9. Cautions — none.