The Newman Greenies defeated the Episcopal Knights 5-1 in a Division III regional playoff game Tuesday night at Michael Lupin Field to advance to the quarterfinals.
“I thought we struggled tonight (in the first half),” Newman coach Matt Jaques said. “In the second half, we came out like we should, put some goals away and finished the game the way we needed to.”
The Greenies took control from the start. They dominated possession of the ball, which generated many early scoring chances. They failed to capitalize as the first few narrowly missed. That changed in the 19th minute when Julian Sutton scored from close range to put Newman up 1-0.
“It was a little rocky in the beginning, and I think patience was key,” Sutton said.
“We didn’t let up or get frustrated. If you keep pushing like that, eventually something’s going to come. Once it did, it gave us the confidence boost we needed.”
It was 16 minutes before Newman got another good chance. Will Savioe initially appeared to give his team a 2-0 lead, but the goal was disallowed because of an offside. That didn’t matter much as Sutton scored again less than two minutes later, and Newman cruised into halftime up 2-0.
“It was important to get that second goal,” Jaques said. “It helped set the tone. Getting that goal helped us step toward the right direction.”
It was an important goal to keep momentum on Newman’s side, Sutton said.
“I knew if it went too long with too much back and forth, we might lose that momentum,” he said. “We just had to keep full throttle the rest of the way.
Newman didn’t wait long to go on the attack in the second half. Evan DeBlanc scored on a feed from Sam Moses less than a minute in, and Newman began to pull away. William Uholt scored in the 47th minute by curving the ball in off a corner kick. Moses added a goal to give the Greenies a 5-0 lead.
The Knights finally got on the board in the 74th minute on a goal by Alex Castine.
Newman will face the winner of Tuesday’s match against Catholic-New Iberia and Lusher.