By Larry Moko
The Cardinal Newman Cardinals have advanced to Saturday morning’s semifinals of the 2018 OFSAA girls’ AAA soccer tournament in Windsor.
After finishing first in its pool, Newman edged the St. Mary’s Eagles of Kitchener, 1-0, in quarter-final action Friday. The lone goal came from Abby Richeson in the second half.
The next opponent for the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference champions from Stoney Creek will be Toronto’s Lawrence Park Panthers. Newman defeated Lawrence Park in pool play, 3-1, on two goals by Erica D’Alesio and one by Tatyanna Burke.
In Newman’s other start Friday, it lost 2-0 to the Emily Carr Thunderbirds of Vaughan. Coach Gerry Buordolone’s Cardinals won their first two games of the 20-team competition, 5-0 and 7-0.
In boys’ OFSAA soccer action, Hamilton’s St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves and St. Thomas More Knights both failed to make the AAA playoffs in Thunder Bay.
Brebeuf ended up with a record of 1-2-1, while More was 1-3.
Results Friday saw the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association champion Braves lose 6-1 to Brampton’s Cardinal Ambrozic Riverhawks and tie St. Mary’s College Knights of Sault Ste. Marie, 2-2
More rounded out its schedule with a 3-0 loss to the A. N. Myer Marauders of Niagara Falls and a 2-0 victory over Kitchener’s Cameron Heights Golden Eagles.
In one semifinal, Mississauga’s St. Joan of Arc faces Windsor Holy Names. In the other, Pickering Dunbarton faces St. Ignatius of Thunder Bay.