Revenge may not be the most fitting word, but payback is much better.
And now, Isidore Newman might earn such a playoff opportunity later this week against Episcopal, which in 2013 defeated the Greenies for the Division III boys soccer championship.
Thanks to Thursday night’s 10-0 bidistrict rout of 29th-seeded Archbishop Hannan at Newman’s Michael Lupkin Field, where the Greenies scored five goals in the match’s first 20 minutes, allowing them to recover from a loss to Jesuit in the regular-season finale.
Evan DeBlanc scored the opening goal in the third minute, then set up Sam Moses’ goal in the ninth minute, giving Newman a 2-0 lead. After Arthur Lemann scored, DeBlanc added his second goal in the 19th minute. John David Bailey and Clayton Schell added goals before the end of the first half for Newman, whose pressure kept the match contested on Hannan’s side of the field.
“It was important to get that first goal early,” Newman coach Matt Jacques said. “It kind of set the tone. I’m very pleased with the effort we gave.”
In the second half, Moses, Williams Uhalt and Thomas Stall added goals for Newman (13-1-4). The Greenies will play the winner of Friday’s bidistrict match between 13th-seeded Episcopal and 20th-seeded Runnels in the regional round.
Thursday’s match marked Hannan’s first trip to the soccer playoffs. This season also marked the program’s first wins ever against a district opponent, coach Shane Douglas said.
“I’m pleased with the way the season went, not so much this outcome, but we’re a young program and we’re growing,” Douglas said.
Leading scorer Avery Ferrera, one of seven returning juniors for Hannan (11-7-3), finished with 19 goals. Also back will be freshman goalkeeper Zach Broussard. Hannan will lose two starting seniors.
For Newman, guess which opponent the Greenies would prefer to play in the regional round?
Episcopal, of course.
“It’s definitely going to be a big game (if Episcopal advances to the second round),” Newman senior center midfielder Julian Sutton said.
“It’s always a big game when we play them. Obviously, there’s still a lot of tough feelings on our side.”
Newman and Episcopal have met twice in the regular season since the 2013 playoffs, splitting the series. They avoided each other last season in the Division III playoffs where Episcopal lost in the quarterfinals and Newman in the semifinals to eventual state runner- up Northlake Christian.
Newman has won seven state titles in school history, the last during back-to-back seasons in 2009-10.