In its game at the Airport Select Invitational, Cardinal Newman continued the progress made in last week’s spring break tournament.
The Cardinals defeated Emerald 7-4 on Friday at Airport.
“We played really well (at Palmetto Cup), exited playing better than when we went in, and now we’re able to come out here and follow that and continue to improve,” Cardinals coach Will Eudy said.
Cardinal Newman dominated the first half on both ends of the field. The second half saw the Cardinals able to get most of their younger players involved in the victory.
“We came out today and had an excellent start,” Eudy said. “We really, when we had our big guns in there in the beginning, were able to just play really well and put the game away early.”
The Cardinals posted three goals in the first 10 minutes and five in the first 20, led by Jacob August. August knocked in the first goal in the third minute, and posted an assist on Griffin Darby’s goal in the fifth minute.
Eighth grader Wyatt Millard notched the final two goals of the half, and the Cardinals took a 6-0 lead into the break.
Eudy took the opportunity to rotate in some of his younger players, including eighth-grade goalkeeper Shand Terrini.
“It was great for our younger guys to have some quality minutes in there, and it’s really going to help us down the line,” Eudy said.
Cardinal Newman allowed three goals in the half, as the young defense worked to find its rhythm, and the Vikings kept pressure on Terrini.
Emerald got four shots on goal in a 20-minute span as it chopped into the deficit.
The Cardinals got help from senior defenders in the final 10 minutes to keep Emerald under control, but Eudy said his young players held up well.
“I have tons of confidence in our young guys. They are going to do really well for us as they continue develop,” Eudy said.
The Cardinals are 2-0 in the tournament, and will be playing in a semifinal match today.