Newman wasted little time showing it was going to be a good night at Michael Lupin Field.
Just 14 seconds, to be exact.
Sam Moses scored in the first minute and No. 2 Newman rolled to a 4-1 victory over No. 15 Country Day in the second round of the Division IV playoffs.
“We knew we wanted to get off to fast start,” Moses said. “We talked beforehand about how we were going to try to play the ball up and win one. We were fortunate to get one, and I found myself in open space.”
The Greenies (14-3-3) advance to the quarterfinals and will play the winner of Thursday’s match between Westminster Academy and Evangel Christian.
Moses scored two goals, pushing his season total to 20.
“He’s been great all year,” Newman coach Matt Jacques said. “To get that goal in the first few seconds was critical and set the tone.”
It was Newman’s second win of the season over Country Day. The Greenies won 4-2 in a district match in the regular season and have won 11 of their past 12 matches.
It didn’t take long to see the results would be the same this time around after Moses’ quick goal.
The Greenies also got a goal from Clayton Schell and an own goal to build a 4-0 halftime lead.
“We hadn’t played in quite some time with the bye so it was really important for us to come out here and set the tone,” Newman coach Matt Jacques said. “We wanted to start strong and not be rusty, so the way we started was really good.”
No. 15 Country Day, which beat Opelaousas Catholic 4-0 in the first round, finished 11-11.
Country Day sophomore Price Petagna scored in the 50th minute in the second half.
“I thought the boys took their foot off the gas a little,” Jacques said about the Greenies’ scoreless second half. “We were sloppy with the pass, but we hung in there and got the win.”
Newman 8, Holy Savior Menard 0: The No. 5 seed Greenies got two goals each from four players in a rout over No. 12 Holy Savior Menard.
Newman advances to the Division IV quarterfinals to play St. Fredrick on Monday.
Frances Sperling, AK Aluise, Grace Payne and Sophie Landry all had a pair of goals for the Greenies, who led 4-0 at the halftime.
“Getting that first-round bye was definitely bug for us, but it was a big win with us being the No. 5 and them being the No. 12,” said Payne, who scored the third and fourth goals. “It helped that we started off hot. We are trying to do this for our three seniors.”
Country Day 3, McGehee 0: Lindsey Landry scored a pair of goals and Christian Wong scored another in the Cajuns victory.
The No. 6 seed Cajuns (10-8-4) advance to the Division IV quarterfinals to play No. 3 seed Hannan on Saturday at 1 p.m.
“I thought we played well,” Country Day coach Glenn Benjamin said. “A lot of time teams don’t play hard against weaker opponents. The team is focused and driven to get where they want to be. That’s what it’s going to take.”
EAST ASCENSION 1, DOMINICAN 0: East Ascension made two big plays, one on offense in the first half and one on defense in the second.
Dominican couldn’t find the hero it needed in the wild finish of a tight game.
The result was a hard-fought 1-0 win for EAHS in a second round Division I playoff game at Spartan Stadium
East Ascension advances to the quarterfinals to play Mount Carmel, which won 1-0 over Northshore in overtime.
“Unfortunately, that’s been the story of our season,” Dominican coach Al Silvas said. “We don’t have that person who’s going to put the team on their shoulders and be a hero. We had the chances, but nobody could come through and make a play.
“That wasn’t us tonight — it was them.”