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Cardinals shut out Toreadors

In a match earlier this season, Newton High junior Jacob Murphy gets control of the ball. Murphy had an goal assist in Newton’s 5-0 weather-shortened win on Friday at Boone.
In a match earlier this season, Newton High junior Jacob Murphy gets control of the ball. Murphy had an goal assist in Newton’s 5-0 weather-shortened win on Friday at Boone.

BOONE — Newton High’s Cardinal boys could only be stopped on the soccer field Friday night by one thing — the weather.

The Cardinals rolled up a 4-0 halftime lead against host Boone. Junior Luke Maharry put a goal into the net just 1 minute, 15 seconds into the second half.

Seven minutes later — the 31-minute mark of the second half — with Newton leading the Toreadors 5-0, the game was called because of severe weather. There was lightning in the Boone area and after a short delay the game was declared complete.

“We talked before the game about how we’ve started out slow in games this season. I told the guys that we could not give ourselves a hole to dig out of in this game,” Newton head coach Zach Jensen said. “We wanted to get a couple goals early and start on a fast pace, and we did.”

Newton was coming off a tough 4-0 loss Tuesday at Class 2A 13th-ranked Dallas Center Grimes. With the non-conference victory, the Cardinals are 3-3 overall.

The Cardinals got goals from first-time scorers this season.

“It was great to see all three of these guys score for us. Austin Johansen got his first start of the season and responded really well moving up front. He was willing to put a body on someone in the box to battle for the ball,” Jensen said.

Senior Austin Johansen had a pair of goals in a four-minute span of the first half for Newton. He scored at the 36:16 mark off a throw-in pass from senior Tyler Dafflitto. Next, junior Jacob Murphy found Johansen for a goal at the 32:07 mark.

The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead with eight minutes left in the first half when Boone scored an own goal. Freshman Jack Suttek scored his first varsity goal on another throw-in by Dafflitto. Johansen’s goals were his first varsity scores of his career.

“Austin, Luke and Jack were aggressive and wanted to score. They attacked the ball and put it in the back of the net, which is what we need to see from our guys,” Jensen said.

As for Dafflitto’s two assists, Jensen said Dafflitto can deliver long throw-ins right into the scoring box for the Cardinals. He pointed out most teams don’t have a player who can do that. Murphy, who is a team captain, is a skilled player who the team looks to get crosses in and feeding the ball into people.

“Anytime we have a throw-in on our attacking side, we move Tyler up from defense for that play. Jacob helped on the attack tonight,” Jensen said.

Senior goalkeeper Benny Cheng had four saves in the game. Newton had eight shots on goal and three corner kicks.

There was no junior varsity game at Boone because of weather concerns.

“We are battling adversity with this crazy weather and trying to get several players healthy. The tough conditions we’ve had to play in so far will only help us down the road,” Jensen said. “We saw some very positive things tonight after a down game on Tuesday.”

Jensen said the Cardinals were looking forward to playing on back-to-back nights, Monday and Tuesday. He said the team has had players who have had to log a lot of minutes so far this season, but also have been able to use a lot of players.

Newton returns to the confines of H.A. Lynn Stadium for non-conference action against Marshalltown. The junior varsity game is slated for 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals have Grinnell coming to H.A. Lynn Stadium in Little Hawkeye Conference play with a 7 p.m. kickoff for the varsity game.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
641-792-3121 ext. 6535 or

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