Nothing says you mean business like scoring a goal in the first 90 seconds of a soccer match.
That’s what the Newman boys did Wednesday night against Lusher Charter. The Greenies got a goal from Evan DeBlanc in the second minute of play. The assist off a free kick from Sam Moses helped set the tone for the Greenies. They cruised to a 6-2 win in the Division III, District 10 match .
The match was played at Newman’s Lupin Field under blistering cold temperatures and a steady wind that seemingly would make conditions difficult for both.
The wintry weather didn’t bother the Greenies, however. They scored five goals in an 11-minute span in the latter part of the first half and outshot Lusher 12-3 during the same span. By the time the Uptown rivals broke for halftime, Newman held a 6-1 lead.
“With it being as cold as it is, we knew that it was only going to get worse and that momentum would be big,” DeBlanc said. “It was important to get that first goal and kind of set the tone.”
After the opening goal, Newman (7-0-3, 1-0) bumped three more shots toward the goal in the next 13 minutes, but none found their mark. That’s when Lusher, last season’s Division III state champion, capitalized.
Joe Roberts broke into the Greenies’ box in the 14th minute and drove home a rebound to even the score at 1. Newman regained the lead during the 27th minute when Daniel Millan broke up the right side of Lusher’s defense and booted a left-footed shot to the far post. A moment later, Moses assisted DeBlanc on another goal to make the score 3-1.
Then, the rout was on.
DeBlanc drove deep into Lions’ territory and scored his third goal in the 32nd minute. The Greenies weren’t finished though. Clayton Schell and Julian Sutton scored goals in the closing minutes of the first half to make the halftime advantage 6-1.
After a short halftime break, Newman picked up where it left off with its offensive intensity. The Greenies fired three shots in the first 10 minutes after halftime, but all missed the mark.
Lusher (4-6-1, 1-1) failed to dent the Newman advantage, however, until the 66th minute when Roberts knocked in a free kick from about 25 yards to close the score to 6-2.
Newman coach Matt Jacques said it was a huge advantage for his team to start quickly as it did against the Lions.
“To get that first score meant a lot,” he said. “It’s only going to get worse with the weather tonight. It said a lot to score early.”
Lusher coach Dan Perez agreed.
“If anything, you have to give credit to Newman,” he said. “They are a really good team. We were without three starters, and that certainly didn’t help us. But Newman was still really strong tonight.”