The Newton High School girls’ soccer team threw a scare into league leader Maize, but couldn’t muster enough attack in a 3-1 loss Tuesday at Fischer Field.
Maize improves to 14-2 overall, winning the AV-CTL I title at 6-0. Newton drops to 8-7, ending the league season 4-2 and in third place. Maize also clinches the second seed overall in Class 5A South-Central Regionals. Maize needs a Valley Center loss to Campus Thursday to claim the top seed.
“We did a really good job of defending in the first half,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “Unfortunately, they outreached us on that corner kick and were able to get the ball in the back of the net. That changed the dynamics there, going into halftime. If we could hold them to one goal, we could start moving players forward. Unfortunately, we went down 2-0. We started moving people forward and got that goal. We got back in the game, but we had a keeper mistake that was unfortunate. It went through her legs. We had our opportunities. All we ask of them is to come out and compete, and that’s what they did. That is a team over there that wins conference year after year and is a consistent final four team. I’m very proud of our girls.”
Maize is the defending third-place team in Class 5A.
Newton was outshot 17-5, 16-2 on goal. Riley Quiggle had the win in goal for Maize with one save. Daelynn Iceton had one save for the Eagles in the second half.
Megan Million stopped 13 of 16 shots on goal for Newton.
Newton took control of the game in the first five minutes of the game, getting the first shot. Maize controlled possession about 70 percent to 30 percent the rest of the half.
Maize scored when Rachel Marshall put in a Kourtnee Davis corner kick with two minutes left in the half. Newton was outshot 8-2 in the first half.
Maize struck again in the 55th minute when Davis converted a crossing pass from Ashlyn Lakin on the breakaway.
Newton finally finished a chance in the 66th minute when Arianna Campos finished a cross by Keila Gillispie on a breakaway. Less than three minutes later, Gillispie beat the Maize keeper, but the shot was blocked by a Maize defender standing on the goal line.
Maize put the game away when Newton misplayed a shot in the 77th minute leading to a goal for Payton Eskridge.
Newton hosts Andover Central at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to end the regular season. The Jaguars enter play 6-6-3 after a 1-0 loss to Wichita Collegiate Tuesday.
A Newton win or tie over Central or an Andover loss to Hutchinson ensures a first-round home regional game for the Railers.
“We’re going to match up very well,” Jantz said. “They are a young team. They defend well. They have played some overtime games against quality teams. We’re going to have to strike first and get the momentum. If we can win, we’ll be able to host in the first round. That’s our goal. We need to defend well and keep possession on top. The top eight teams are all very competitive. If we win the first round in the playoffs, we’re going to face a quality opponent.”
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity fell 6-0. Newton ends the season at 5 p.m. Thursday at home against Andover Central.
1. M Rachel Marshall (Kourtnee Davis) 38:00
2. M Davis (Ashlyn Lakin) 54:06
3. N Arianna Campos (Keila Gillispie) 65:31
4. M Payton Eskridge (unassisted) 76:24
Total shots — Mai. 8-9—17, New. 2-3—5. Shots on goal — Mai. 8-8—16, New. 1-1—2. Saves — Mai.: Riley Quiggle (W, 40:00, 0 ga) 1-x—1; Daelynn Iceton (40:00, 1 ga) x-1—1. New.: Megan Million (L) 7-6—13. Corner kicks — Mai. 4, New. 1. Fouls — Mai. 7, New. 8. Offside — Mai. 3, New. 0. Cautions — none.
Final AV-CTL I