The Newman Greenies advanced to the Division IV semifinals with a 4-1 home victory over the Westminster Crusaders on Tuesday night.
The Greenies played a complete game dominating on offense and defense. Evan DeBlanc scored two goals for Newman.
Newman seized control early on thanks to DeBlanc’s first goal in the sixth minute. They struck again in the 13th minute on a goal by William Reynoir.
“We’ve stressed getting off to a good start,” said Newman coach Matt Jaques. “The last few games we’ve been doing that. So it was really important to set that tone. I’m proud of the effort that we gave. It’s another step forward.”
DeBlanc got his second goal in stoppage time of the first half by kicking the ball almost all the way across the field, giving Newman a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
DeBlanc had several chances at the hat trick in the second half, but fell victim to some unfortunate luck. One of his shots was lofted just over the goal, and another bounced off the right post.
“I really wanted to get that last goal,” DeBlanc said. “I had a couple chances. They were close, but I missed them.
“But two goals are good enough. It’s always good to get the win.”
Westminster got only a few quality scoring chances in the second half. One of its best was a free kick in the 44th minute. Joshua Hughes got a good kick off and put the ball right on goal, but goalkeeper Connor Nelson made the save and preserved the lead. Hughes had another free kick opportunity late, but Nelson again made the save.
Thomas Stall added an insurance goal in the 77th minute to give Newman a 4-0 lead. Hughes got Westminster on the board in stoppage time.
Newman will face Episcopal of Acadiania in the semifinals Saturday.
“We just need to take it one day at a time,” Jaques said. “We’ll see what happens when we get there.”