By Rubi Torres, staff writer
The Lady Jets played their last two games of the season last week against McMurry University and the University of Texas Permian-Basin (UTPB).
Against McMurry, the Jets finely controlled and possessed the ball, which set them apart from the War Hawks.
Sophomore Sarenity Gomez picked up three goals with the assist of senior Mallory Hurst.
Senior Megan Hostick also added another score to help lead the Jets 4-0 in the first half. The Jets continued to apply pressure in the second half, but could not get the ball in the net.
The final buzzer ended the game with a scoreless second half, but a 4-0 victory for Newman.
Last Saturday, the Lady Jets played their final game of the season against UTPB on senior night.
Seniors for the Jets included Emily Arden, Megan Hostick, Tori Hostick, Mallory Hurst, Holli Schletzbaum and Alli Zingo.
Throughout the game, the Jets had shot opportunities at the goal but could not get a point on the board. A goal in the 77th minute from Texas-Permian Basin led the Falcons to a win over the Lady Jets.
Sophomore Mei-Mei Senthavy said she feels positively about the season.
“I think we played well for it being our last two games,” Senthavy said. “We finally played to our full potential in both games. We may have not gotten the results we wanted to against UTPB, but we gave them everything we had. I was pleased overall on how we finished our season.”
The Lady Jets finish the season with a 7-10-1 overall record and a conference record of 2-7-1.
On the men’s side, the winning streak was continued with victories against both McMurry and UTPB.
The Jets were quick to attack against the War Hawks in the first half. The Jets led the game 1-0 with a goal that came from senior Matt McConnell.
McConnell was able to tap the ball into the net after McMurry’s keeper blocked it outwards from a shot that came from senior Nathan Modesto. After a scoreless second half and intense defense from the Newman men, the Jets won the game 1-0.
Senior Chris Villatoro said he was happy about the performance against the War Hawks. “We were proactive, making off-the-ball runs over and over again. We were aggressive in our play and we finally put away the chances we were given. It always feels nice to win!”
The men also had Senior Night against UTPB on Saturday.
Seniors that were honored that night included Brandon Carlos, Brian Cornwell, Matheus Daniel, Jason Dewey, Amadou Doumbia, Nicos Esquivel, Nathan Modesto, Matt McConnell, Nathan Nece, Sebastian Negro, and Sam Travis.
Against UTPB, the Jets applied pressure and were able to pick up two goals from seniors Carlos and Doumbia.
At halftime Newman led the Falcons 2-0.
In the second half Newman continued to apply pressure and was able to add two more points to the scoreboard, and though the War Hawks added a point of their own, the game finished 4-1.
Goals in the second half came from Carlos, who received an assist from seniors Daniel and Souza.
“For some, Senior Night is a huge deal,” Villatoro said. “To me, I played as if it were just another game because I know my soccer days won’t be over forever. The biggest thing that kept me motivated was the drive to win my last senior home game, and to show the fans that we appreciate their support.”
The Jets were back in action in Oklahoma on Wednesday playing Oral Roberts University. Final scores were unavailable at press time.