Cardinal Newman’s boys and girls soccer teams took a step closer to securing a SCISA region championship with shutout wins over Heathwood Hall on Wednesday.
The CN boys (10-3-1 overall) and the Cardinals girls (7-2) both improved to 6-0 in SCISA Region 1-3A thanks to the sweep. The boys team now enjoys a two-game lead in the loss column over both Hammond and Heathwood Hall, while the girls maintained they’re two-game edge in the loss column over idle Ben Lippen and dropped the Highlanders to three games back.
Junior midfielder Nick O’Rourke scored two goals, and had scoring support from senior Gabe Roldan, senior Thomas Touma and freshman Andrew Wilczewski in the 5-0 success vs. Heathwood. O’Rourke has been hot of late, scoring seven goals in the last six matches, upping his season total to nine. Roldan now leads the team with 10 goals, one more than O’Rourke and Michael Beaudoin. Touma, a defender, and Wilczewski both posted their second goals of the season. Keeper Timmy Cunningham put up his fourth shutout in the last five outings and his seventh of the season.
Cardinal Newman has won six in a row and is 10-1 in the regular season after opening with a 0-2-1 showing at the preseason Carolina Classic preseason tournament in Mt. Pleasant.
Sophomores Alexa Barnes and Meredith Peter took care of the scoring in last night’s 2-0 win, and keeper Molly Rainwater her third solo shutout of the season in the nets. Barnes leads the team with nine goals, and has scored in all but on match to date. Peter has three tallies.
The Cardinals girls have won seven in a row after getting off to a 0-2 start.