Cardinal Newman soccer is spending Easter in Italy.
A group of 25 boys and girls varsity players left for Milan on Wednesday and will mix business with pleasure on the trip set up by Harvard Sports Tours. The Cardinals will play three scrimmages and have three training sessions, one at the famed AC Milan facility, during their stay.
“It’s going to be a great trip for our kids,” CN boys coach Will Eudy said.
“It’s more of a cultural trip, but we’ll get some good soccer in, for sure. The next one will be a soccer trip.”
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Eudy experienced a Harvard Sports Tour trip in 1999 when he was an assistant coach at Brookland-Cayce.
“That was a remarkable experience for everybody,” he said. “We started out in London and then went to Germany and Switzerland. Joe Totman was the guy who set that one up, and he’s been bugging me for the last couple of years to do one at Cardinal Newman. This year, I finally felt comfortable doing one.”
Harvard Sports Tours has been arranging customized international trips for college, high school and club teams in soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and track to Australia, Europe and South America since 1983.
The Cardinals will be in Milan through Sunday before moving south to Rome. The group will be in the Eternal City for the canonization of Pope John Paul II.
Upon returning to action in the Midlands, the Cardinals boys and girls each have one match left in the regular season – April 29 against Heathwood Hall.
Eudy’s defending SCISA champion boys (13-8-3, 7-0) have clinched the Region 1-3A championship.
The CN girls (13-6, 7-0) must defeat defending state champion Heathwood Hall to clinch an outright region title. The Cardinals stunned the Highlanders 5-0 in the first meeting on April 11.
The SCISA playoffs begin on May 5.