The second half again seems to be a problem for the Newton High School boys’ soccer team.
Newton gave up a pair of unanswered goals in the second half to fall to Salina Central 4-1 Tuesday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at Fischer Field.
It was Newton’s third straight game against a top-four team in the regional rankings.
Newton was outshot 13-5, 6-0 in the second half.
“We’re a team of 40 minutes,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “We’ve struggled all year long to put two halves together. The last two matches, we’ve been able to put four halves together, so we’ve played well for five halves. The second half, the communication was not there. They came out flat and they were able to get that goal for cushion. We have to stop giving up four goals a game.”
Newton likely lost Jose Moreno to a hamstring injury, which will keep him out Thursday.
Selvin Abrego had six saves in goal for Newton. Grant Sheppard had three saves in goal for Central, 12-3 overall and 4-1 in AV-CTL I play.
Blake Olmstead led Central with two goals.
Newton controlled possession in the opening 20 minutes, but Central scored on its first shot of the game, an Olmstead shot from point blank range on a crossing pass from Logan Johnson.
The Railers answered 3:07 later when Milo Jones knocked in a Santiago Fernandez corner kick.
Central regained the lead in the 37th minute when Olmstead converted an Arran Wilson corner kick.
The Railers missed a chance to equalize just before the half when a shot off a corner kick was punched off the top of the crossbar and over.
Central outshot Newton 7-5 in the first half. Central controlled possession for the last 20 minutes of the half.
Central put the game out of reach with the second shot of the second half, a David Grammer breakaway on a pass from Mark Grammer in the 63rd minute. About two minutes later, a Newton defender blocked a Central shot off the goalline. Liam Foley scored on a breakaway in the 79th minute.
Newton drops to 3-12 and ends the regular season at home against Maize South, currently 11-3 and tied for second in the regional standings. Newton will likely open Class 5A regional play Monday with a play-in game at either Hays or Arkansas City.
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity tied Salina Central 0-0. Newton ends the season 5 p.m. Thursday at home against Maize South.
1. SC Blake Olmstead (Logan Johnson) 16:43
2. N Milo Jones (Santiago Fernandez) 19:50
3. SC Olmstead (Arran Wilson) 36:05
4. SC David Grammer (Mark Grammer) 62:54
5. SC Liam Foley (Malcom Berkley) 78:24
Total shots — SC 7-6—13, New. 5-0–5. Shots on goal — SC 6-4—10, New. 4-0–4. Saves — SC: Grant Sheppard (W) 3-0—3. New.: Selvin Abrego (L) 4-2–6. Corner kicks — SC 9, New. 3. Fouls — SC 8, New. 10. Offside — SC 0, New. 0. Cautions — none.