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Fourth-ranked DCG uses big second half against Cardinals – Newton Daily News
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Fourth-ranked DCG uses big second half against Cardinals – Newton Daily News

With a few players from each team not in the lineup Tuesday, a potential postseason rematch on May 22 could look a little different for Class 3A No. 10 Newton and fourth-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes.

Newton head boys soccer coach Zach Jensen is also hoping for a different outcome.

The Mustangs broke open a 1-all tie at halftime with three second-half goals to claim the Little Hawkeye Conference championship after a 4-1 victory at HA Lynn Stadium.

“I feel like we’re competing well with the best teams we’ve played, even though the score may not show that,” Jensen said. “Hopefully we’ll have another chance in a few weeks.”

Jacob Sweeney

A possible rematch would take place in the 3A Substate 5 championship game. Jensen hopes to have starting defensive midfielder Cody Klein back for that game, while DCG was also missing three starters, including leading scorer Ben Jackson.

The Mustangs controlled the ball for most of Tuesday’s game. Newton had 17-11 and 11-7 disadvantages in shots and shots on goal, respectively.

DCG scored first in the 16th minute to take a 1-0 lead, but Nate Lampe’s equalizer after a relatively long free kick freed the hands of DCG keeper Jaden Mendias, who made four saves to win.

That was all the Cardinals (10-5, 3-3 in conference) could muster, although a 45th-minute penalty goal from DCG’s Tate McDermott ultimately made the difference.

The Mustangs added goals in the 47th minute and 63rd minute to pull away.

“We just have to keep the ball better and eliminate the chances we do have,” said Jensen. “We also need to create more opportunities.

“The PK did not help us. I think the offense on that PK was soft, to be honest.”

Nate Lampe

Jensen wasn’t a fan of the officiating overalls. Several situations during the match probably warranted yellow cards.

However, the head official issued a red card to Heber Velasquez with a few seconds left in the match. That means Velasquez will miss Friday’s home game with Fort Madison.

Caleb Mattes also received a yellow card with less than 5 minutes to play in the match.

“Part of it is he didn’t know the rules,” Jensen said. ‘There were countless things he didn’t even know the rules of. He needs to go back to the rule book. There are even things he admitted he didn’t know. I think he was in La La Land for a lot of the game.

“He is not the reason we lost the game, but we need better guidance in this state. There is too much inconsistency between one official and another.”

Hunter Teague made 13 saves for Newton in the loss. That gives him 103 saves for the season, which ranks seventh in 3A.

Colin Mandernach led DCG (11-4, 5-0) with one goal and two assists in the win.

Comments: The start of the match was delayed by about an hour due to lightning. Heavy rain also fell before and during the match. … Newton tied 4A No. 1 Johnston and 3A No. 4 DCG 1-1 at halftime before losing both games 4-1. “They have a lot of depth and we don’t,” Jensen said. “I think we just got tired in the second half. We have to be fit, but playing football for 80 minutes is a lot of running.” … The Cardinals earned a first-round bye for the postseason, opening substate play against rival Pella at 7 p.m. May 20 in Newton. The Dutch defeated Newton earlier this season in a shootout at HA Lynn Stadium.

Caleb Mattes