Top-ranked Cardinal Newman earn a spot in the SCISA Class 3A boys soccer state championship match by breezing past Wilson Hall 5-1 in the semifinals Wednesday at George Watson Field.
Thomas Winstead had two goals and one assists and Mike Beaudoin had two tallies for the Cardinals, who will face the winner of the Hammond-Pinewood Prep semifinal match tonight at Hammond in Saturday’s high noon title showdown at Porter-Gaud in Charleston.
Winstead scored the first goal vs. the Barons in the 25th minute, heading in a corner kick from Jonathon Cleary. It was one of two corner conversions of the night for CN. Nick O’Rourke headed into another Cleary serve into the box to up the lead to 4-0 in the second half. Winstead set up Beaudoin’s first goal in the first half, and ended the scoring with a late penalty kick.
Cardinals Newman now stands at 19-3-1 and has won 15 in a row since dropping a 4-2 decision to nationally ranked Northwestern on March 17. The Cards are 18-1 in the regular season after going 0-2-1 at the blue-chip Carolina Classic preseason tournament in late February.