All three Midlands teams entered at the 19th Annual Palmetto Cup soccer tournament at Brookland-Cayce opened the event with first-round wins,
The big story, of course, was Cardinal Newman’s 2-1 win over Norman (Oklahoma) North, the No. 3 team in the ESPN Rise Top 50. But Lexington and Brookland-Cayce also secured wins in their respective openers.
Lexington (12-4-1) turned away Riverside, 4-0, in the tourney lidlifter. Hunter Bailey; Sammy Andrews, Daniel Bretz and Rustin McAlister scored the Wildcat goals. Jacob Parton was credited with four saves while picking up the decision in goal.
The Wildcats take on Fort Mill in the second round on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Fort Mill crushed North Myrtle Beach on Monday.
Sixth-ranked Brookland-Cayce (12-5-1) beat No. 10 Greenville 3-1 in a clash of Class 3A Top 10 teams. Herbert Cojulun, Tyler Brazell and Lars Vermeltfoort supplied the B-C goals. The Bearcats will pick up a forfeit and 10 tournament points on Tuesday – a situation created when Pinewood Prep decided to withdraw from the tournament on short notice.
Cardinal Newman’s win was, by far, the highlight of the Cardinals Palmetto Cup history, which featured only three wins in 12 matches in three previous visits. Nestor Jaramillo and Kyle Maitland tallied the CN goals and Timmy Cunningham was outstanding in goal in the major upset of the day.
The Cardinals (16-3) have won 15 in a row and are ranked No. 1 in SCISA.