2017-05-19 / Sports

Cardinals fly into final

Story and Photos by Mike Maddock


Cardinal Newman’s Wyatt Millard takes a shot against Heathwood Hall. Millard had four goals total. Cardinal Newman’s Wyatt Millard takes a shot against Heathwood Hall. Millard had four goals total. Cardinal Newman’s Wyatt Millard had a hat trick by halftime and added one more to lead the Cardinals to a 7-0 win over the visiting Heathwood Hall Highlanders in the SCISA 3A boys’ soccer semifinals Wednesday, May 10.

The Cardinals had the Highlanders on their heels from the outset getting two corner kicks and a shot off in a little over ten minutes of play.

Cardinal Newman was then awarded a direct kick after a Heathwood penalty about ten feet outside the 18. Millard’s ensuing shot was blocked by the Heathwood wall, but the ball bounced back to Millard who launched a right footer over the Highlander defense and into the Upper 90 for a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.

Millard struck again to start the 17th minute when he took a pass from Bryan Boyer and planted it in the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage.


Cardinal Newman’s (l-r) Nick Millitello, Sam Hall, and Peter El-Khabbaz celebrate El- Khabbaz’s goal against Heathwood Hall. Cardinal Newman’s (l-r) Nick Millitello, Sam Hall, and Peter El-Khabbaz celebrate El- Khabbaz’s goal against Heathwood Hall. Seven shots and a little over 18 minutes later, Cardinal Newman’s Andrew Tilton broke free, drove into the box, and poked a left-footer past Heathwood keeper Mitesh Das.

Not to be outdone, Millard juked his way through a multitude of defenders in the 37th minute and cleared just enough space to rip a blast in goal to complete the hat trick and give his Cardinals a 4-0 lead.

Just before halftime, Boyer got another assist when he hit a charging Garen Presnal for a pointblank shot and a 5-0 lead.

Millard got his final goal in the 62nd minute when he drove to the top of the box, through a few defenders, and hit another blast for a 6-0 cushion.

Both teams started subbing liberally after that, but Cardinal Newman continued to press, and after a Heathwood handball in the box, Peter El-Khabbaz bounced a penalty kick off the cross bar and into the goal for the final 7-0 count.

Cardinal coach Will Eudy used multiple defenders, but center backs William Maracich and Matthew Benson were largely responsible for holding Heathwood to no shots in the first half and five in the second, two of which were free kicks. Ben Mizeur and Will Chontos controlled the midfield for Eudy allowing Millard to do his thing.

It will be an All- Columbia final, as the Hammond Skyhawks downed Porter-Gaud 2-0 in the other semifinal. Cardinal Newman won 2-0 and 2-1 in two previous hard fought matches this season. The teams are scheduled to meet in the championship Saturday at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston at 12 pm.

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