Cardinals beat Bearcats
Cardinal Newman used goals from four different players to defeat Brookland–Cayce 4–0 Saturday, April 2 in the second annual Soccer for a Cure at the Cage.
Mother Nature made her presence known from the beginning, as winds gusting to 25 mph or more were common throughout the match, wreaking havoc with punts and free kicks. Cardinal Newman (8–3, #2 ranking in SCISA AAA) was playing with the wind at its back during the first half, and the Cardinals were able to keep the action on the Brookland– Cayce side of the field for most of the first 40 minutes.
In the first minute, Jono Cleary had a header bounce off the Bearcat crossbar. Four minutes later, Koty Millard was able to take a centering pass from Kyle Maitland that went through Cleary’s feet and blast it into the net for a quick 1–0 lead.
Later in the first half, Maitland was fouled in the box, but his penalty kick hit off the post. He redeemed himself almost immediately by tapping in a deflection off a save by keeper Josh Boatwright in the 21st minute for a 2–0 Cardinal lead. The score stayed that way through the first half.
Brookland– Cayce ( 9– 4– 1, # 9 ranking in SCHSL AAA) got the wind in the second half, and immediately they started to put pressure on the Cardinal defense. Juan Flores was able to get two nice shots in on the Cardinal net, but Timmy Cunningham saved them easily.
In the 55th minute, Nestor Jaramillo took a cross from Cleary and punched it by Boatwright to up the Cardinal lead to 3– 0. The Bearcats came back downfield urgently, and Flores put a header on net that Cunningham made a leaping save on. Moments later, Scottie Newman took a crossing pass and shot at Cunningham, who made a tremendous save with no time to react. After another save by Cunningham, Cleary took a cross from Millard and scored the last Cardinal goal.
Cardinal Newman outshot Brookland–Cayce 22–10 in the match. Cunningham recorded seven saves, while Boatwright had eight for the Bearcats.