For one night anyway, the best teams in SCISA Region 2-3A soccer proved to be superior to the best in pubic-school Region 4-3A. That’s the way things played out on Monday when the Cardinal Newman boys and girls swept highly regarded Chapin sides in non-region outings.
The CN boys, recently elevated to No. 1 in the SCISA rankings and seventh overall in South Carolina at any level, downed the Class 3A, third-ranked Eagles 4-2 on the Eagles pitch.
Thomas Winstead, Mike Beaudoin, Ryan Zurcher and Nick O'Rourke took care of the scoring for the Cardinals, who have won 13 in a row since falling to Northwestern, the top team in the Palmetto State. CN stands at 16-3-1 overall and is 16-1 in the regular season after going 0-2-1 at the preseason Carolina Classic tournament at Patriots Pointe in Mt. Pleasant in late February. The Cards close out the regular season Wednesday against region foe St. Joseph’s at home. The SCSA state playoffs run May 4-9.
Colden King and Evan Stone had the goals for Chapin, who fell to 11-6-1 overall. The Eagles, who have already clinched the Region 4-3A championship, close out conference play this week with home matches vs. Chester (Tuesday) and Lower Richland (Friday).
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The CN girls, ranked No. 3 in SCISA and 21st overall in the state, handed Chapin a 3-1 loss at George Watson Field on Monday. It was nice bounce-back effort for the Cardinals, who were coming off a 2-0 upset loss at the hands of region rival Heathwood Hall that snapped a nine-match winning streak. Alexa Barnes scored twice and Chelsea Goodwin tallied the other goal for the Cards, who are 10-3 and close out the regular season Wednesday against St. Joseph’s. Cardinal Newman has the Region 2-3A title on ice, regardless of Wednesday’s outcome.
Chapin, 13-5 and ranked No. 5 in Class 3A (15th overall in the state), managed just one goal by Chelsea Goodwin. The Eagles have had trouble finding the back of the net against quality foes of late. Chapin, which has already secured the Region 4-3A title with a 6-0 record, closes out the region campaign with matches tonight at Chester and Friday at home vs. Lower Richland.