GODDARD — It’s hard to lose when you don’t allow any shots.
That was almost the case Thursday for the Newton High School boys’ soccer team in a 4-0 win over the Goddard Lions in non-league play at Goddard District Stadium.
Goddard didn’t take a shot until the 79th minute on a breakaway, giving sophomore goalkeeper Selvin Abrego his sole save.
Newton rebounds from a 4-1 loss to McPherson Tuesday.
“Tuesday, we just got outplayed,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “We needed to come back and play well. We came out early and got the advantage. There were times where we couldn’t put the ball in the net, but we played well. We took advantage of the wind in the first half and scored three.”
Newton was led by senior Jose Moreno with two goals. Sophomore Xander Valdivia added a goal with an assist.
“The first one, I was just trying to hit somebody and it just kind of curved into the goal post,” Moreno said. “The second one, it was kind of a give and go from Xander. I was just hoping it would go in, and it did. Everybody else played well too. Xander had a good shot and Gage (Lettau) had a good finish. It was a pretty good game for us. I almost (had the hat trick). I just missed the PK. This was pretty big after Tuesday. This will give the younger players some experience. We needed this with tournament coming up.”
Newton wasted no time taking the lead as Gage Lettau finished a crossing pass from Velasquez 56 seconds into the match. Moreno hit a 35-yard direct kick in the 15th minute. Valdivia finished a long through pass from Chase Ebert in the 21st minute.
Newton had a chance to put things away with 29 seconds left in the half, but Moreno’s penalty kick went wide.
Newton held an 8-0 advantage in total shots in the first half.
Newton took six shots in the first three minutes of the second half. Five were saved and one was kicked off the goalline by a defender.
Newton finally found the back of the net in the 57th minute when Moreno finished on a pass from Valdivia.
Newton faces Kapaun-Mt. Carmel at 11 a.m. Monday at the Wichita South soccer complex in the quarterfinals of the Titan Classic. Newton fell to Kapaun last year in the state quarterfinals with the Crusaders finishing third. The Crusaders fell to Derby 3-1 Thursday in their season opener.
“We’re really going to have to step it up against Kapaun,” Jantzi said. “They are very well coached. They are going to be very well organized. We’ll make our adjustments. It will be on a natural surface. We’ll train on Saturday at Boyd (Avenue soccer fields) to get ready for that.”
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton High School junior varsity soccer team downed Goddard 4-0 Thursday at the Goddard District Stadium.
Jose Torres-Dunnahoo, David Pomeroy, Geraldo Torres and Santiago Castillo each scored a goal for the Railers.
“The JV players played very well,” Jantzi said. “It’s nice to see them off to the start they have. They are the future right now.”
Newton is 2-0 and plays at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at Valley Center.
1. N Gage Lettau (Michael Velasquez) :56
2. N Jose Moreno (unassisted) 14:46
3. N Xander Valdivia (Chase Ebert) 20:30
4. N Moreno (Valdivia) 56:45
Missed penalty kick — Moreno (WR) 39:31.
Total shots — New. 8-8—16, Gdd. 0-1—1. Shots on goal — New. 7-7—14. Gdd. 0-1—1. Saves — New.: Selvin Abrego: (W) 0-1—1. Gdd.: Drake Sax (L) 4-6—10. Corner kicks — New. 11, Gdd. 2. Fouls — New. 7, Gdd. 8. Offside — New. 2, Gdd. 1. Cautions — Gdd.: Ernie Velazquez 79:25.