High School Sports

April 11, 2014

22nd Palmetto Cup opens on Monday

The venerable Midlands soccer event at Brookland-Cayce features 12 teams in the last year at The Cage. The tournament moves to posh new digs in 2015.

The 22nd annual Palmetto Cup soccer tournament runs Monday through Thursday at Brookland-Cayce. The elite spring break event is in its final run at The Cage facility before moving across campus to the school’s new, state-of-the art, soccer-friendly stadium on Knox Abbott Drive.

The 12-team field features just one out-of-state team – Farragut. The Tennessee school is no stranger to Cayce with the highest winning percentage of any Cup entry with at least 20 appearances (18-4-2, .792). Farragut, however, has never won a Cup title, though it did reach the finals in its first visit in 2006.

The in-state field in a strong one, including Midlands entries Irmo, Blythewood, Lexington, Dreher and host Brookland-Cayce. Irmo is making its second appearance at the Palmetto Cup, the first under new coach Matt Brophy. The defending Class 4A state champion Yellow Jackets are currently ranked No. 4 and tied for first place in Region 4-4A with sixth-ranked Blythewood. Lexington lost to Irmo in a thrilling state championship match last spring and is ranked fifth on the big school list. B-C in ranked No. 2 in Class 3A.

The field also features Wando, which is looking to become the second three-time Cup champion and the first team to win three in a row.

All games through Wednesday will be at The Cage. The Granby field will be used for some matches on Thursday.

The Palmetto Cup schedule:

Monday

Blythewood vs. Dreher, 10 a.m.; Irmo vs. Wade Hampton, noon; Gaffney vs. Wando, 2 p.m.; Lexington vs. Wilson, 4 p.m.; Brookland-Cayce vs. Chester, 6 p.m.; Farragut vs. Fort Mill, 8 p.m.

Tuesday

Wade Hampton vs. Chester, 10 a.m.; Wando vs. Blythewood, noon; Dreher vs. Gaffney, 2 p.m.; Wilson vs. Farragut, 4 p.m.; Lexington vs. Fort Mill, 6 p.m.; Irmo vs. Brookland-Cayce, 8 p.m.

Wednesday

Dreher vs. Wando, 10 a.m.; Irmo vs. Chester, noon; Blythewood vs. Gaffney, 2 p.m.; Lexington vs. Farragut, 4 p.m.; Brookland-Cayce vs. Wade Hampton, 6 p.m.; Fort Mill vs. Wilson, 8 p.m.

Thursday

Semifinal matches at The Cage and Granby, 9 a.m.; 11th place match, 11 a.m. (Granby); 9th place match, 11 a.m. (Cage); 7th place match, 12:30 p.m. (Granby); 5th place match, 12:30 p.m. (Cage); 3rd place match, 2 p.m. (Cage); Championship match, 3:45 p.m. (Cage).

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