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Newton team repeats as youth soccer champs

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For most of the Newton Kickers, winning the U18 state championship for town-based soccer teams was a first. For Jeff Noymer and Robert Morgan, it was old hat.

The two center midfielders won their second straight state title, and third in four years, June 28-30 at the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions in Lancaster.

Morgan and Noymer were part of Newton teams that won the U16 state title in 2010 and the U18 title last year. Their experience was invaluable, said Rus Lodi, who coached this year’s title team with Jon McIntyre.

“Between games, you could hear Robert and Jeff recalling past tournaments and this had a calming effect on everybody, including the coaches,” said Lodi.

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