MAIZE — After holding the third-ranked Class 5A team in the region, the Maize South Mavericks, to a draw Thursday, the Newton High School boys’ soccer team got a rematch Tuesday in the semifinals of the Class 5A Regionals at Maize South field.
Things didn’t go so well for the Railers this time as Landon Eskridge scored two goals to lift South to a 4-0 win.
“We came out flat and they had the energy,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “One of their seniors scored two goals. We got caught watching. He scored two goals and then they added a third. At halftime, we made some adjustments. We were able to get more touches, better passes and move the ball forward. Their goalkeeper came up with some huge saves. We weren’t able to pop a couple in. If we could have, it would have been a different game.
“That’s a good team. They lost their dynamic player and that changed their squad. They had a lot of seniors.”
Newton was outshot 17-11, 15-8 on goal. Evan Wiens had the clean sheet in goal for the Mavericks, posting eight saves. The South defense also knocked three shots out inside the six-meter box.
Selvin Abrego had 11 saves for the Railers.
Newton was outshot 14-2 in the first half as Maize South dominated possession with a strong wind at its back.
Eskridge scored the first two goals in a 55-second span with the second goal coming on a James Evans corner kick.
Oliver Jaberg scored in the 29th minute on a corner kick the Railers failed to clear.
Newton started having more success on attack in the second half with the wind advantage. Wiens made a couple saves at point-blank range. A Railer shot with the keeper out of the goal was blocked at the goalline by a South defender.
South didn’t get its first shot of the second half until the 62nd minute. The Mavericks put the game away in the 78th minute on a breakaway by Austin Eck.
South is 14-2-1 and hosts 11-6 Kapaun-Mt. Carmel at 6 p.m. Thursday in the regional finals.
Newton ends the season 4-11-2. The Railers lose three seniors.
“I told the players, next season starts tomorrow, especially for the guys coming back,” Jantzi said. “We’re not going to get any better if we don’t do anything in the off-season. We lose three. It will be a different season next year.”
1. MS Landon Eskridge (Adam Dye) 14:31
2. MS Eskridge (James Evans) 15:26
3. MS Oliver Jaberg (unassisted) 28:03
4. MS Austin Eck (unassisted) 77:57
Total shots — New. 2-9—11, MS 14-3—17. Shots on goal — New. 2-6—8, MS 13-2—15. Saves — New.: Selvin Abrego (L) 10—1—11. MS: Ethan Wiens (W) 2-6—8. Corner kicks — New. 4, MS 6. Fouls — New. 1, MS 12. Offside — New. 1, MS 1. Cautions — none.