2017-05-19 / Sports

Cardinal Newman outbattles Hammond

Story and Photos by Mike Maddock


Cardinal Newman’s Regan Fosmire collides with Hammond’s Rosemary Angel. Cardinal Newman’s Regan Fosmire collides with Hammond’s Rosemary Angel. The Cardinal Newman Lady Cardinals rattled off 11 shots and had three corner kicks against the visiting Hammond Lady Skyhawks in the SCISA 3A girls’ soccer semifinals Thursday, May 11 but had nothing to show for it until the end of the 32nd minute.

That’s when Cardinal Newman’s Caitlin Murphy drove to the left corner of the box, pulled Hammond keeper TJ Hain to the ball, and dropped a pass to Ayden Boatwright who finished for the match’s first score.

Less than a minute later, Hain charged out of the goal for a loose ball but found herself outside the box unable to pick it up. The ball rolled by, and Tristan Millard chased it down and punched it in for a 2-0 Cardinal advantage. The Cardinals added two more goals in the second half to win a hard-fought 4-0 victory.

The match may have gotten out of hand early if not for Hain, the SCISA Region I-3A co-keeper of the year. She made three saves in the first half, one diving and another leaping, and cut off multiple Cardinal Newman runs.


Cardinal Newman’s Sierra Bacon leaps to clear a ball as teammate Kaya Magan and Hammond’s Briggs Edmunds close in. Cardinal Newman’s Sierra Bacon leaps to clear a ball as teammate Kaya Magan and Hammond’s Briggs Edmunds close in. The Cardinals got a shot off and a corner kick to start the second half before Hammond was called for a handball in the box in the 46th minute. Boatwright converted on the ensuing penalty kick to give Cardinal Newman a 3-0 advantage.

While the back line of Ashley Maddock, Hailey Laubacker, Sierra Bacon, and Chloe Cobb was under consistent attack from Hammond’s Ellie Rickenmann, Hundley Coleman, Anna Ketchum, Graham Jenkins, and Rosemary Angel, they did not allow a shot in the first 61 minutes of play. Ketchum finally broke through in the 62nd minute and ripped a shot, but Cardinal keeper Allie Coates collected it.

The Cardinals continued to push the play getting six more shots to that one and finally connected again when Maddock broke down the right sideline and sent a pass to Emely Adame-Ramirez. Adame Ramirez then drove down the side of the box and crossed a pass to Kaya Magan charging in front of the goal in the 67th minute. Magan punched it in for the final count.

The Cardinals finished with 26 shots to Hammond’s three. Hain pulled in seven saves for Hammond, and Coates had one for Cardinal Newman.

With the win, the Cardinals earned the chance to defend their 2016 championship. This is their third straight trip to the final. They lost 2-1 to Pinewood Prep in 2015 and beat Ashley Hall 2-0 in last year’s final. The Cardinals are scheduled to face Charleston’s Porter-Gaud at Porter-Gaud Saturday, May 13 in the championship match at 10 a.m.

Porter- Gaud beat Heathwood Hall 6-0 and Ashley Hall 8- 0 to advance to the final.

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