Cardinal Newman’s girls soccer team opened the SCISA Class 3A state playoffs with a 4-1 win over visiting Porter-Gaud on Tuesday, and will play region rival St. Joseph’s for the third time this in a Thursday semifinal match at home.
The Cardinals (11-4) received two goals from Alexa Barnes, and one each from Nicole Onate and Sophie Cobb in the easy conquest of the Cyclones. Barnes leads the team with 18 goals. Onate scored her third, and snapped an eight-match scoreless streak. Cobb tallied her fourth of the season.
CN hit a slump at the end of the regular season, losing two of its final three outings after wrapping up the Region 1-3A championship. St. Joseph’s defeated the Cards 3-1 in the regular-season finale for both clubs last Friday at the George Watson Field. Cardinal Newman topped the Knights in a 3-2 overtime thriller on April 1 in Greenville. Five different Knights have scored in the two matches with CN.
The winner advances to the SCISA championship game Saturday at Porter-Gaud.
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St. Joseph's edged Hilton Head Prep 3-2 on a neutral pitch in Orangeburg lasy night.
Ben Lippen's season came to an end in a 1-0 first-round loss at home to Hilton Head Christian. The Eagles (16-4) scored early, at around the 10-minute mark, and made the advantage hold up the rest of the way. The Falcons finished with a 12-8 record.