After a scoreless first half, the offense for the Newton High School boys’ soccer team was unleashed in the second for a 4-1 win over Andover Thursday in non-league play at Fischer Field.

Newton’s 11 seniors and one foreign exchange student were honored before the game. That foreign exchange student, Gregor Hofmann scored two goals to lead the Railers.

“We had a good game,” Hofmann said. “Everybody wanted to win. We had a lot of players in different positions because of the seniors. Everybody played well.”

Hoffman is from Germany, living near Frankfort.

“Soccer is the same all over the world,” Hofmann said. “There isn’t much difference. Everybody want to win. It’s fun. I have two more school years and I’ll keep playing when I get home. It’s all clubs there. You don’t play in high school. I’ll keep playing till I’m old.”

“Like I was telling the guys, senior night is an emotional night,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “To play all the seniors, we had to put players in different positions. We didn’t have that flow in the first half. I told the guys to slow down and start connecting passes. Once we did that, we started having success. If we score first, we’re a really good team. Our goal is to be able to score first and take teams on.”

Jose Rojas put the Railers ahead in the 44th minute after a long run and shot. Newton came back 10 minutes later when Hofmann scored off a long pass from Kaden Weber-Gonzalez. Edward Valdivia appeared to put things away with a shot in the 63rd minute.

Things got dicey for the Railers for the next couple of minutes. Andover got a shot off a direct kick that Hervey Medina was able to punch away. Medina was then called for a foul and given a yellow card, giving a penalty kick goal to Dawson Schoning.

Less than three minutes later, Andover keeper Josaiah Galdean was called for a foul against a Newton player in the box and was carded, giving Hofmann a penalty kick goal.

A third Hofmann goal late in the game was called back for offside.

Newton was able to control possession for much of the remaining time.

Possession was about even in the first half. Newton finished the half with a 4-0 advantage in shots, two that came within seconds of each other and were both saved. Andover’s best chance was a 22-yard direct kick the went wide and high.

Newton outshot Andover 12-4, 11-4 on goal. Medina finished with three saves. Andrew Brimager had seven saves.

Newton improves to 8-6 and plays at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Maize South.

“We face another quality team in Maize South,” Jantzi said. “They only have four losses. They defend well. They have knocked off some good teams. We’ll have to be ready to battle. Tuesday’s have not been friendly to us lately. We’ll have to figure something out because come playoff time, we’ll have to deal with teams like that and put games together.”

JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity downed Andover 3-1 Thursday at Fischer Field.

Santíago Fernandez scored two goals for Newton. Michael Velasquez scored a goal with an assist. Gage Lettau also had an assist.

Andover scored in the second half on a penalty kick.

Newton plays at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Maize South.



1. N Jose Rojas (unassisted) 43:23

2. N Gregor Hofman (Kaden Weber-Gonzalez) 53:26

3. N Edward Valdivia (unassisted) 62:57

4. A Dawson Schoning (penalty kick) 65:21

5. N Hofmann (penalty kick) 67:58

Total shots — And. 0-4—4, New. 4-8—12. Shots on goal — And. 0-4—4, New. 4-7—11. Saves — And.: Andrew Brimager (L, 74:59, 4 ga) 4-3—7; Josaiah Galdean (5:01, 0 ga) x-0—0. New.: Hervey Medina (W, 80:00, 0 ga) 0-3—3; Selvin Abrego (0:00, 1 ga) x-0—0. Corner kicks — And. 1, New. 3. Fouls — And. 10, New. 13. Offside — And. 1, New. 6. Cautions — And.: Galdean 67:58, John Lasater 73:20, 79:13. New.: Bruno Duran 62:02, Medina 65:21, Oscar Campos 66:08. Ejection — And.: Lasater (second yellow) 79:13.