NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School girls soccer team lost a close match of 1-0 against Hackettstown on Thursday, when they played them home.

“Hackettstown played a great game,” said Head Coach Jake Mull. “Their players were more aggressive and attacked the ball. They were able to capitalize on their scoring opportunity and we did not, as the team is still learning, maturing and trying to find their identity.”

Hackettstown scored in the first half and was able to maintain the lead until the very end of the game against Newton.

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Although Newton had 12 shots on goal, Karis Steele, starting goalie again this year for the Braves, had eight saves against Hackettstown’s nine shots.

The Braves move forward in the season with a 3-2 overall record and a 1-1 conference-division record as they take on Lenape Valley away on Saturday, September 16, beginning at 10 a.m.