It’s a pattern that’s happened several times this season for the Newton High School boys’ soccer team — a close first half and things falling apart in the second.
Tied 0-0 at the half Thursday against Salina South in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at Fischer Field, Newton fell 6-2.
South improves to 7-6, 2-2 in league play. Newton fell to 3-9, 1-3 in league play.
“Putting two halves together has been difficult,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “In the first half, it was even. The field conditions weren’t good. Both teams had to make adjustments and they adjusted quicker. They started to expose our outside backs, where they had success. Speed has been our Achilles heel for us. They had plenty of it.”
Brogan Willich scored two goals for South. Brandon Oaks scored a goal with two assists. Eric Rincon and Kevin Hernandez each had a goal with an assist. Roy Garcia added a goal.
Newton scored on an own goal. Michael Velasquez put in a shot from Chase Ebert with one second left in regulation for the Railers.
The first three goals of the game came in a five-minute span from the 47th to the 51st minutes. Rincon scored the first goal on a cross from Oaks. A South own goal tied the game, but South needed just 75 seconds to regain the lead.
Four more South goals in a seven-minute span put the game away.
Possession was close in the first half, about 55-45 percent in South’s favor. South had the best scoring chance late in the half on a direct kick just outside of the penalty box. The shot was saved and a rebound hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced into the field of play, where the Railer defense was able to clear the ball.
Each team missed some open-net chances in the opening minutes of the second half.
Newton plays at 6;30 p.m. Tuesday at 11-2 Derby. All four of Newton’s remaining opponents in the regular season are against teams ranked in the top four in the regional standings of their respective classes.
It’s going to be one of those where we have to keep the grind going and make our adjustments,” Jantzi said. “We want to be one of those dangerous teams when it comes to the post season. Derby will be playing at that pace all night long. We need to eliminate those holes.”
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity lost to Salina South 5-1. Newton trailed 1-0 at the half.
Pablo Carrera scored for Newton.
The Railers play at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Derby.
1. SS Eric Rincon (Brandon Oaks) 46:09
2. N own goal 49:38
3. SS Roy Garcia (Kevin Hernandez) 50:23
4. SS Brogan Willich (unassisted) 65:31
5. SS Willich (unassisted) 67:46
6. SS Oaks (Rincon) 70:42
7. SS Hernandez (Oaks) 72:13
8. N Michael Velasquez (Chase Ebert) 79:59
Total shots — SS 4-11—15, New. 3-3—6. Shots on goal — SS 3-11—14, New. 3-3—6. Saves — SS: Eduardo Picaso (W) 3-2—5, New.: Selvin Abrego (L) 3-5—8. Corner kicks — SS 5, New. 2. Fouls — SS 11, New. 6. Offside — SS 0, New. 0. Cautions — New.: Kaden Weber-Gonzalez 34:45.