With the District 8-IV title on the line Wednesday night, Newman wasted little time to show why it’s the No. 2 team in the LHSAA Division IV power rankings.
Junior Arthur Lemann scored in the opening minutes, and the Greenies dominated the rest of the match for a 4-1 win over Haynes at Lupin Field.
“I’m very proud of the boys for the way they played,” Newman coach Matt Jacques said. “I thought the first few minutes we had some good opportunities. Overall, the effort, the intensity, everything was there today. Our boys just did a really good job of controlling the game and making it very difficult for them.”
The Greenies (12-2-3, 4-0) scored in the fourth minute as Lemann beat the goalkeeper in the box for a 1-0 lead. The Newman pressure continued through the rest of the first half, but the Haynes defense kept the Greenies at bay until the 36th minute when Sawyer Roussel scored after a long throw-in to set the 2-0 halftime score.
“I think heading into the playoffs that we want to be firing on all cylinders, and we played well today,” said Newman sophomore Sam Moses, who had two second-half goals. “We’re just working on getting better every day. We like to come out strong, and we did that tonight. We put the pressure on them early and let them know that we’re here.”
That pressure continued in the second half as Newman scored again in the 44th minute. This time, it was a quality combination as junior Max Friedman placed a perfect pass to Moses in the box, who directed it past the goalkeeper for a 3-0 lead.
The Greenies had a chance to increase the lead two minutes later, but Lemann sent his penalty kick well over the crossbar.
Haynes (12-4-3, 2-2) showed a little life on the counterattack as junior Bobby Wahl sent a shot just wide in the 64th minute. The Yellow Jackets broke through in the 68th minute as Edgar Fuentes sent a long, skipping shot past the goalkeeper to cut the lead to 3-1.
Friedman and Moses hooked up again in the 75th minute to set the final score.
Haynes coach Kenny Marks said his team, which is currently in line for a first round playoff bye as a top eight seed, will learn from this match.
“They’re a good team, so this was a tough match for us,” he said. “We played them a little more defensively in the first half and gave up two easy goals, but I thought we played them a lot better in the second half.”