For the second time in four days, Cardinal Newman’s boys and girls soccer teams swept Hammond on Tuesday night to take commanding positions in the SCISA Region 1-3A standings.
The Cardinals boys prevailed 3-0 to improve to 9-3-1 overall, 5-0 in region matters. CN has a two-game lead over the defending region champion Skyhawks, who fell back to 4-2 in region matters. Cardinal Newman beat Hammond 3-1 last Friday, and had three different men doing the scoring on Tuesday - Thomas Winstead, Nick O'Rourke and Joey Schiano. O’Rourke now has seven goals, Winstead four and Schiano two. Keeper Timmy Cunningham posted his sixth shutout of the season.
Since falling to mighty Northwestern, 4-2, on March 17, Cardinal Newman has won six matches in a row, allowing just two goals during the streak. The Cardinals host Heathwood Hall in another region match tonight before taking a 10-day break before returning to action.
The CN girls found the rematch tougher, but prevailed 3-2 to pick up its sixth straight win and improve to 5-0 in SCISA Region 1-3A. Chelsie Goodwin, Alexa Barnes and Meredith Peter tallied the Cards’ goals. Keeper Beth Eckstein, starting in place of regular Molly Rainwater, and the CN defense made the one-game advantage stand up. Barnes is on fire with goals in seven consecutive matches, eight total for the season.
Sarah Prickett and Sarah Spector scored for the Skyhawks, who dropped to 2-5, 2-4 in region play. Spector leads the team in scoring with six goals, and Prickett has five.
The CN girls travel to face archrival Heathwood Hall tonight.