Newton: Scoring at Will To Lead Sayre Soccer Team

will-newtonWill Newton

• School: Sayre School • Grade: 11
• Sports: Soccer, basketball
• Academics: Will carries a 3.86 GPA, is taking three A.P. classes and has been Academic All-State two years in a row.
• Parents: Carrie & Chris

As soon as somebody at Sayre School digs through the soccer archives to find all the scoring records, they can tear them up because junior midfielder Will Newton is having a record-shattering career.

As a freshman, Will led the team with 15 goals and then matched that total last year.

Only seven games into this season, he already has scored 15 goals, leading Sayre to a 4-0-3 record, including victories over Bryan Station and Scott County, schools with 10 times Sayre’s enrollment.

And in the All “A” Regionals, Will, 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, scored two goals to spark Sayre’s 3-0 victory over Lexington Christian Academy.

Will has played since he was 3 and been a star on every team since. Of course, he would never say that. He is as modest as he is lethal to opposing defenses.

What makes Will, who was All-City second team as a freshman and sophomore, so effective?

“He’s well-rounded at everything and could play any position on the field,” said his brother Dylan, 23, who was a four-year starter at Sayre.

“He sees the whole field and he’s not afraid to get physical.”

His father, Chris, (Will’s first coach) seconded that evaluation, saying, “Will is an unselfish leader, hard worker and he hates to lose. He’s also a joy to coach and an excellent teammate.”

Will also has been a Select soccer player since he was 8, playing on three State Cup championship teams.

Having grown up on a working horse farm, Will is an excellent equestrian, sitting astride his first horse when he was 3.

As a child, he accompanied his father, a veterinarian at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, on house calls at neighboring farms.

Will also rode competitively until recently when soccer took center stage.

Also a member of the basketball team, Will always makes time for his studies. He carries a 3.86 GPA, is taking three A.P classes this year and plans to study medicine in college.

“Will is a hard worker, very competitive and completely self-motivated,” his mother, Carrie, said.

Math is his favorite subject, and Amy Dunn his favorite teacher. The Sayre math teacher also taught Carrie when she attended Sayre along with Chris. Yes, they were high school sweethearts at Sayre.

In fact, they might be the perfect pair to check those Sayre soccer records. After all, it’s their son who is writing his own record-breaking story now.