Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior girls soccer squad captures city Catholic high school championship

Sports May 18, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior girls soccer squad has clinched the 2017 city Catholic high school championship.

Cardinal Newman defeated neighbouring rivals the Bishop Ryan Celtics 3-0 in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association final on May 18 at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School to earn its second consecutive crown.

“It’s always difficult to win the league,” Cardinals head coach Gerry Buordolone said. “It was a tough game. It was almost an even matchup until we got that second goal.”

Cardinal Newman’s Abby Richeson got the first goal midway through the first half. The Cardinals’ Maddison Burnet netted another with about 11 minutes left in the second, just before Richeson scored the third to seal the deal.

Buordolone said Mother Nature was a big factor in the game, with both squads battling strong gusts of wind throughout the matchup.

“I think the biggest difference for us — and it’s been all year — is the depth that we have,” he said. “We’re able to cycle in more players off the bench, which is key, especially in warm weather. The other teams maybe don’t have the depth that we normally have and they’re a little more tired come the end of the game.”

Cardinal Newman garnered its place in the championship after shutting out the St. Thomas More Knights 3-0 on home field in the semifinals on May 16. The Cardinals scored a bye to the semis after finishing first during the regular season — five points ahead of Bishop Ryan — with a 6-0 record.

Buordolone said beating the Celtics in the final was a fantastic way to cap off the season.

Cardinal Newman has had some tight games this year, he said.

“The first game we played against Bishop Ryan — the first one of the season — we were down 1-0, then 2-1, and we won 3-2. So, they were definitely our toughest competition all year,” he said. “We knew it was going to be a tough championship game, and it was, and we’re just happy that we pulled it off.”

Cardinal Newman now shifts its focus to the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference (GHAC) AAA semifinals.

The Cardinals will face Bishop Reding on May 25. Bishop Ryan also advances to the GHAC AAA semis and will take on Holy Trinity the same day. The championship is on May 26.

Cardinal Newman won the GHAC crown last season.

The Cardinals then went on to clinch their first Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) AAA championship title, defeating the Saint Michael Mustangs of Niagara Falls 2-1 in the final.

Buordolone said the squad is feeling excited going into GHAC.

“We’re going to have to stay healthy,” he said. “We’re going to have to get a few breaks. We’re also going to need contributions from all of the players if we want to move on to OFSAA again.”

Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior girls soccer squad captures city Catholic high school championship

Team beats crosstown rivals Bishop Ryan Celtics 3-0 in final

Sports May 18, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior girls soccer squad has clinched the 2017 city Catholic high school championship.

Cardinal Newman defeated neighbouring rivals the Bishop Ryan Celtics 3-0 in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association final on May 18 at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School to earn its second consecutive crown.

“It’s always difficult to win the league,” Cardinals head coach Gerry Buordolone said. “It was a tough game. It was almost an even matchup until we got that second goal.”

Cardinal Newman’s Abby Richeson got the first goal midway through the first half. The Cardinals’ Maddison Burnet netted another with about 11 minutes left in the second, just before Richeson scored the third to seal the deal.

We knew it was going to be a tough championship game and it was, and we’re just happy that we pulled it off.

Buordolone said Mother Nature was a big factor in the game, with both squads battling strong gusts of wind throughout the matchup.

“I think the biggest difference for us — and it’s been all year — is the depth that we have,” he said. “We’re able to cycle in more players off the bench, which is key, especially in warm weather. The other teams maybe don’t have the depth that we normally have and they’re a little more tired come the end of the game.”

Cardinal Newman garnered its place in the championship after shutting out the St. Thomas More Knights 3-0 on home field in the semifinals on May 16. The Cardinals scored a bye to the semis after finishing first during the regular season — five points ahead of Bishop Ryan — with a 6-0 record.

Buordolone said beating the Celtics in the final was a fantastic way to cap off the season.

Cardinal Newman has had some tight games this year, he said.

“The first game we played against Bishop Ryan — the first one of the season — we were down 1-0, then 2-1, and we won 3-2. So, they were definitely our toughest competition all year,” he said. “We knew it was going to be a tough championship game, and it was, and we’re just happy that we pulled it off.”

Cardinal Newman now shifts its focus to the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference (GHAC) AAA semifinals.

The Cardinals will face Bishop Reding on May 25. Bishop Ryan also advances to the GHAC AAA semis and will take on Holy Trinity the same day. The championship is on May 26.

Cardinal Newman won the GHAC crown last season.

The Cardinals then went on to clinch their first Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) AAA championship title, defeating the Saint Michael Mustangs of Niagara Falls 2-1 in the final.

Buordolone said the squad is feeling excited going into GHAC.

“We’re going to have to stay healthy,” he said. “We’re going to have to get a few breaks. We’re also going to need contributions from all of the players if we want to move on to OFSAA again.”

Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior girls soccer squad captures city Catholic high school championship

Team beats crosstown rivals Bishop Ryan Celtics 3-0 in final

Sports May 18, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior girls soccer squad has clinched the 2017 city Catholic high school championship.

Cardinal Newman defeated neighbouring rivals the Bishop Ryan Celtics 3-0 in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association final on May 18 at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School to earn its second consecutive crown.

“It’s always difficult to win the league,” Cardinals head coach Gerry Buordolone said. “It was a tough game. It was almost an even matchup until we got that second goal.”

Cardinal Newman’s Abby Richeson got the first goal midway through the first half. The Cardinals’ Maddison Burnet netted another with about 11 minutes left in the second, just before Richeson scored the third to seal the deal.

We knew it was going to be a tough championship game and it was, and we’re just happy that we pulled it off.

Buordolone said Mother Nature was a big factor in the game, with both squads battling strong gusts of wind throughout the matchup.

“I think the biggest difference for us — and it’s been all year — is the depth that we have,” he said. “We’re able to cycle in more players off the bench, which is key, especially in warm weather. The other teams maybe don’t have the depth that we normally have and they’re a little more tired come the end of the game.”

Cardinal Newman garnered its place in the championship after shutting out the St. Thomas More Knights 3-0 on home field in the semifinals on May 16. The Cardinals scored a bye to the semis after finishing first during the regular season — five points ahead of Bishop Ryan — with a 6-0 record.

Buordolone said beating the Celtics in the final was a fantastic way to cap off the season.

Cardinal Newman has had some tight games this year, he said.

“The first game we played against Bishop Ryan — the first one of the season — we were down 1-0, then 2-1, and we won 3-2. So, they were definitely our toughest competition all year,” he said. “We knew it was going to be a tough championship game, and it was, and we’re just happy that we pulled it off.”

Cardinal Newman now shifts its focus to the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference (GHAC) AAA semifinals.

The Cardinals will face Bishop Reding on May 25. Bishop Ryan also advances to the GHAC AAA semis and will take on Holy Trinity the same day. The championship is on May 26.

Cardinal Newman won the GHAC crown last season.

The Cardinals then went on to clinch their first Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) AAA championship title, defeating the Saint Michael Mustangs of Niagara Falls 2-1 in the final.

Buordolone said the squad is feeling excited going into GHAC.

“We’re going to have to stay healthy,” he said. “We’re going to have to get a few breaks. We’re also going to need contributions from all of the players if we want to move on to OFSAA again.”