Cardinal Newman wins Gold Division of 2019 Nike Palmetto Cup
The final day of the Nike Palmetto Cup witnessed another nationally-ranked team upended this season in the Midlands
Cardinal Newman defeated Clover 2-1 in a shootout to claim the boys’ Gold Division championship at Palmetto Heath Fields at Saluda Shoals Park. In handing the Eagles (21-1), ranked second in the latest USA Today High School Sports Super Expert Top 25 rankings, their first loss of the season, the Cardinals outscored them 5-4 on penalty kicks.
Clover joins a list which includes former number-one teams Wando and Dutch Fork to fall in the Lexington/Richland County area. The Warriors saw their state-record 58-game winning streak fall at the hands of the Silver Foxes 4-3 in the final of the Capital City Cup at River Bluff High School on Feb. 24.
After replacing Wando in the top spot, Dutch Fork was defeated 2-1 in overtime by Lexington in a March 19 Region 5-5A road match.
The boys’ soccer Silver Division was won by visiting Nansemond River (Va.) over North Augusta 2-1.
A non-semifinal or final contest also played Wednesday saw Gilbert post a 4-0 shutout win over Highway 1 rival Batesburg-Leesville. The two-time Region 5-3A champion Indians finished the Cup with a 3-0-1 mark and third place in the Silver Division.
Pinewood Prep won the girls division with a 4-0 record. It was followed by Greenbrier (Ga) and Gray Collegiate.