Wyatt Millard ended his high school soccer career in style.
The Cardinal Newman senior scored nine goals in three postseason games under coach Will Eudy, including a hat trick in the 4-1 SCISA 3A championship game against Hammond.
“Coach Eudy always emphasized how special it is to play in those games and cherish it till it is over,” Millard said. “We wanted to make something special of it.”
Millard had a special season for the Cardinals, whose lone loss came to Wando, the top-ranked team in the nation. The midfielder had 16 goals and 18 assists and racked up several individual honors.
Millard was named S.C. Gatorade Boys Player of the Year, SCISA 3A Player of the Year, first-team All-USA selection and was named The State’s Midlands Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
“He could have scored 25 or 30 goals but always wants to pass,” Eudy said. “He is a very dynamic player, so fast and just sees so much. It is so fun to be able to watch him play.”
Eudy has known Millard, who comes from a soccer family, for a while and has a picture of him when he was a ball boy for one of the Cardinals’ state championship squads. As an eighth-grader, he had the game-winning assist to his brother Koty in Cardinal Newman’s 2013 state title win.
The Navy signee didn’t play his freshman season at Cardinal Newman, opting for an academy soccer program. He juggled both teams the next two years but played solely for Cardinals this season.
Millard was glad to play the full year at Cardinal Newman, especially after last season ended. The Cards lost to Heathwood Hall in the semifinals in 2016, something that stuck with Millard and his teammates coming into this season.
“We wanted to be one of the best teams to play at Cardinal Newman,” Millard said. “And I think we did that. Coach Eudy supported us the whole way. And for all 15 seniors it meant a lot to get that last championship before we graduated.”