The Newton High School girls’ soccer team fell to McPherson 6-0 earlier this season, but managed to stay with the Bullpups for just over 60 minutes before falling 1-0 Thursday at Fischer Field.
Freshman Kenzee Godwin scored for McPherson in the 61st minute, putting in the rebound of a deflection off a Railer defender.
“You have to give a lot of credit to Newton,” McPherson coach Chris Adrian said. “Three weeks ago, they were a completely different team. They came out today playing very strong defensively. They were extremely physical against us. It was nothing like the first game, which was good for both of us. I thought we created some really good combinations. They didn’t always result in a shot on goal. Some would wind up as a cross instead of a shot. It was one of those days where we just had to find a way to get that one goal. Defensively, we were strong, but they were a tough team to break down. Kenzee in the second half was flying out there.”
“Our defense really stepped up and knocked them off their flow,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “We were able to adjust and communicate well. In the first half, we limited them to three shots. Our midfield did a good job. As the game went on, we possessed it more. In the second half, you could tell that our legs were getting tired. We held them to one goal on a beautiful one-touch shot. I’m proud of the way the ladies came out and fought.”
Newton was outshot 8-0, 6-0 on goal. Fouls were 17-7 against Newton.
Possession was about 75-25 in McPherson’s favor in the first half, but shots were 4-0 for McPherson and just two on goal.
Newton was able to even the possession in the second half to about 65-35, making several forays into the McPherson defensive third early in the period, but was unable to pull the trigger on a shot.
McPherson missed on a pair of scoring chances late in the game.
Newton’s Megan Million had five saves in goal, but missed a chance for her third straight clean sheets. Riley Hett had no saves for McPherson.
Newton drops to 5-5 and plays Tuesday at Derby. McPherson is 8-1-1 and plays Tuesday at Hutchinson.
“Derby will be another well-organized team,” Jantzi said. “They have a freshman up top with a lot of speed. She has scored a lot of goals. We’re going to have to have her taken care of.”
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Newton junior varsity fell to McPherson 9-0. Newton plays Tuesday at Derby.
1. M Kenzee Godwin (unassisted) 60:12
Total shots — McP. 4-4—8, New. 0-0—0. Shots on goal — McP. 2-4—6, New. 0-0—0. Saves — McP.: Riley Hett (W) 0-0—0, New.: Megan Million (L) 2-3—5. Corner kicks — McP. 4, New. 0. Fouls — McP. 7, New. 17. Offside — McP. 0, New. 1. Cautions — none.