By Mark Schnabel
The Newton High School boys’ soccer team continues its love affair with overtime, playing its fifth extra-time game in a 16-game regular season, posting a 1-1 draw with Maize Thursday night in AV-CTL I play at Fischer Field.
“We pressured well,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “The delayed start time had me worried about how we would come out. We came out with energy. We put them on pressure right away and created opportunities. We were able to get that first one, going into the half up one, and then gave up a silly goal going into the second half. That ball needs to be challenged. It was a hard fought game.”
The start of the game was delayed about a half hour because of lightning in the area. From the start of the delay to the end of the game, the temperature dropped about 30 degrees and the wind shifted from the south to the north. The high winds made long passes difficult.
Maize finished the game with a 5-4 advantage in total shots. Hervey Medina had four saves in goal for the Railers. Kaden Jobe had two saves for Maize, 6-2-3 overall and 1-0-2 in league play.
Newton scored on its first shot of the game when Carlos Cornejo was able to take a rebounded pass off a Maize defender and put it in the right lower corner of the goal.
Newton held a 55-45 advantage in possession in the first half and outshot Maize 3-0. The Eagles made a couple of forays into the Railer defensive third, but was unable to get a shot off.
Maize scored on its first shot of the game, an Ethan Pfeifer direct kick from about 35 yards out in the 49th minute. Maize dominated possession in the second half and held a 4-1 advantage in shots.
Neither team had a shot in the first half of overtime, but Newton controlled possession and had several scoring chances. Maize had a shot an several scoring chances early in the second half.
“We did create opportunities, we just didn’t take the opportunities when we had them,” Jantzi said. “We were successful in getting the ball to the outside and driving it across. Brayden Cornejo did a fantastic job of getting the ball in. He had one late in the game and Pablo (Ferrer Bingoel) just missed it. We spent most of the training session yesterday just working on finishing. We have a hard time in a match finding that.”
Newton is 7-3-2, 2-1-1 in league play. The Railers play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Salina Central at Salina District Stadium. The Mustangs are 9-3-2, 1-2-2 in league play, after a win over Derby.
“The conference is wide open right now,” Jantzi said. “Anyone can win it — whoever wants it, or gets the ball bouncing their way. Central on Tuesday and Andover on Thursday. Central is a conference game and they are right there too. They’re going to be a salty squad.”
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton High School junior varsity team fell to Maize 2-0. The game was called at the half because of lightning.
Maize 0 1 (0-0) —1
Newton 1 0 (0-0) —1
1. N Carlos Cornejo (unassisted) 21:07
2. M Ethan Pfeifer (unassisted) 48:36
Total shots — Mai. 0-4-(0-1)—5, New. 3-1-(0-0)—4. Shots on goal — Mai. 0-4-(0-1)—5, New. 2-1-(0-0)—3. Saves — Mai.: Kaden Jobe (T) 1-1-(0-0)—2. New.: Hervey Medina (T) 0-3-(0-1)—4. Corner kicks — Mai. 4, New. 6. Fouls — Mai. 13, New. 21. Offsides — Mai. 0, New. 2. Cautions — Andy Deckert 39:05, C.Cornejo 50:41. Kaden Weber-Gonzalez 78:49, Jose Rojas 89:55.