RICHLAND COUNTY, SC — One minute into overtime of the Airport Select Invitational championship game on Sunday, Cardinal Newman’s Koty Millard banged the game-winning goal into the back of the net.
With that, the Cardinals defeated Dutch Fork 3-2 for the tournament title.
“The lesson we learned is how to find a way to win when you don’t play your best,” Cardinals coach Will Eudy said.
“We were chasing the game all day,” he said. “We didn’t really match their energy and intensity, but when it came down to it, we found a way to win.”
In the beginning, Dutch Fork had the edge.
The Silver Foxes successfully slowed the Cardinals at midfield, a defensive tactic that kept them out of hot water early. Cardinal Newman’s defense also proved stalwart, surviving three corner kicks and a Dutch Fork indirect kick in a two-minute span.
That changed in the 25th minute, when Cardinal Newman’s Jack Sicker found the goal from 10 yards out.
The Cardinals held their 1-0 lead through the break.
Dutch Fork came out of halftime on an offensive tear, and in the 42nd minute, Addam Hinton’s goal knotted the score. Twelve minutes later, Graham Jermstad put the Silver Foxes ahead with a crossing shot.
It took nearly 20 minutes for the Cardinals to respond.
When the Silver Foxes’ goalkeeper was unable to clear the ball on a Cardinal Newman shot, Harrison Lapin rifled it into the back of the goal.
As the game went on, it grew more physical, but neither team could secure the win in regulation.
“That was probably one of the best matches we’ve played with intensity,” Dutch Fork coach Todd Woodward said. “We take from this that we can play that way. If we can continue to play like that, the sky’s the limit for these guys.”