Brookland-Cayce High School hosts 25th annual Nike Palmetto Cup
The host Brookland- Cayce Bearcats knocked off the Spring Valley Vikings 2- 1 in the first match of the 25th annual Nike Palmetto Cup Monday, April 10 at Fort Knox.
After shot attempts by Cameron Ramirez, Donovan Branch, and Yonic Martinez were halted by the Vikings’ defense, the Bearcats broke through in the 19th minute with a goal from Ramirez.
The score stood pat until the 79th minute when Ramirez struck again on a breakaway goal for a 2-0 Brookland-Cayce lead.
Spring Valley missed several scoring opportunities in the match, including a shot from Henry Kohel in the 49th minute that sailed just wide. However, the Vikings got into the scoring column with a goal from Todd Thomas in the 80th minute.
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Cardinal Newman struck first in the 17th minute when Andrew Tilton found Bryan Boyer for a goal and a 1-0 lead.
Later in the half, Tilton increased the Cardinal lead to 2-0 with a goal.
The Tilton to Boyer connection hooked up again in the 44th minute for Cardinal Newman’s third goal of the game.
Fort Mill ended the shutout with a goal in the 48th minute.
Will Chontos put the Cardinals up 4-1 with one in the 55th minute.
Boyer finished the scoring for Cardinal Newman by completing the hat trick in the 56th minute, as the Cardinals took a 5-1 lead.
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Horace Harling got the Bearcats on the right foot with a goal in the opening minute of the match for an early 1-0 lead.
Minutes later, the Brookland-Cayce lead grew to 2-0 following a goal from Yonic Martinez.
Harling scored his second goal of the match in the 15th minute increasing the Bearcat lead to 3-0.
Belton-Honea Path got on the board with a goal in the 34th minute, but Brookland-Cayce responded with a goal from Luis Lopez in the 36th minute to hold a 4-1 halftime lead.
In the second half, Harling finished off a hat trick with a goal in the 48th minute.
Martinez and Lopez also collected second goals, along with a goal from Jose Hernandez as the Bearcats collected the seven goal win.
The A.C. Flora Falcons defeated the Spring Valley Vikings 2-1 Tuesday, April 11 at Fort Knox to set up a winner-take-all match against Brookland-Cayce Bearcats to win Group A.
A.C. Flora collected two first half goals. The first came from Alexander Mallis in the 3rd minute; the second came from Peyton Bell in the 10th minute.
A.C. Flora’s lead remained at two goals until the 54th minute, when Todd Thomas found Alex Herrera for a goal, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
The Falcons defense stood up against shots from Bruce Williams and Hayden Vandenberg in the closing minutes to hold on to the win.
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The Cardinal Newman Cardinals got two early goals and held on for a 3-0 win over Immaculate Conception Academy (Puerto Rico) Tuesday, April 11 at The Cage.
A goal from Andrew Tilton in the first minute set the tone for Cardinal Newman.
Bryan Boyer increased the lead to 2-0 with a goal in the fifth minute.
In the second half, Boyer collected his second goal of the match in the 53rd minute to put the game out of reach at 3-0 and set up a showdown with Wando to claim Group D.
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The Brookland-Cayce Bearcats won Group A by scoring two goals in a five minute span in the second half for a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the A.C. Flora Falcons Wednesday, April 12 at Fort Knox.
A.C. Flora got on the board first with a goal from Parker Stokes in the eighth minute.
The goal stood for the remainder of the half, as Brookland-Cayce struggled to find shot attempts.
Early in the second half, the A.C. Flora defense continued to give the Bearcat offense problems as shots by Luis Lopez were turned away.
In the 64th minute, Brookland-Cayce broke through with a goal from Jordan McKim, tying the game at 1-1.
Four minutes later, Lopez found Cameron Ramirez on a free kick for the deciding goal.
The Bearcats advanced to the semifinals of the Nike Palmetto Cup to face the Clover Blue Eagles.
A.C. Flora ended the tournament with a 2-1 win over Lakeside (Ga.)
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The Spring Valley Vikings ended their run at the Nike Palmetto Cup on a high note, defeating Belton Honea Path 6-1 Wednesday, April 12 at The Cage.
While any shot at the semifinals had already been dashed away, Spring Valley took the field against BHP and made an early statement.
A goal by Bruce Williams in the sixth minute and one from Freddy Mayorgh in the eighth gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead.
Spring Valley ended the half with a goal from Todd Thomas in the 34th minute for a 3-0 lead.
BHP cut into the deficit in the 42nd minute with a goal to trail 3-1.
However, Spring Valley responded with goals from Derlis Soto in the 56th minute, Jacob Vandenberg in the 64th minute, and Williams in the 68th to come out on top 6-1.
The Vikings ended the Nike Palmetto Cup with a 6-1 win over the Gilbert Indians.
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The Wando Warriors edged the Cardinal Newman Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday, April 12 at Fort Knox to win Group D and advance to the semifinals of the Nike Palmetto Cup.
As anticipated, the battle between the Warriors and Cardinals was a struggle for both teams. Offensively, Cardinal Newman was unable to convert on shot attempts from Andrew Tilton and Bryan Boyer in the first half.
Defensively, the Cardinals were able to keep Wando off the board for most of the first half, highlighted by a stop by Carson Bohannon on a penalty kick in the 35th minute.
However, a goal from Charlie Marino in the 39th minute gave the Warriors a 1-0 halftime lead.
The Wando lead grew to 2-0 with a goal from Andrew Pickhardt in the 52nd minute.
Cardinal Newman got back in the game with a goal from Boyer in the 68th minute.
However, a goal from Alex Holloman in the 80th minute put the game out of reach.
The Cardinals ended the Nike Palmetto Cup with a 2-0 win over T.L. Hannah.
Brookland- Cayce goalkeeper Noah Scott put on a show for the Bearcats in the semifinals of the Nike Palmetto Cup Thursday, April 13. The senior made a stabbing one-handed save in the fifth minute of the contest against the Clover Blue Eagles and went on to collect nine more saves, several of which were spectacular.
Unfortunately for the Bearcats, it’s not always a good thing when your keeper is this active, and Clover finally broke through in the 66th minute en route to a 2-nil victory.
The Bearcats held a 3-2 advantage in shots for the first 16 minutes of play. Horace Harling, Luis Lopez, and Dylan Branham all had opportunities, but Clover keeper Justin Watkins saved two and watched another sail over the cross bar.
The B-C back line of Jhony Solorio, Noah Davis, Donovan Branch, and Ilyass Balota, along with midfielders Lopez and Cristian Hernandez, thwarted most Clover runs early, but the Blue Eagles gained control of the match and outshot the Bearcats 4-0 the rest of the half. Scott collected three saves for the Bearcats during that time to maintain the scoreless tie.
Davis ripped a shot way over the Clover goal three minutes into the second half, but the Bearcats would not get another shot for the next 23 minutes. Meanwhile, the Blue Eagles would rip off seven straight. Scott kept B-C in it grabbing five saves, three of which were diving.
Clover finally broke through in the 66th minute when Ben Vogt launched a corner kick that found Adam Watkins on the back post for a header and 1-nil Clover lead.
The Bearcats nearly answered to start the 67th minute when Harling sent a blast on frame, but Justin Watkins dove to make the save and maintain the 1-nil Clover advantage.
The Blue Eagles essentially put the match away in the 75th minute when Vogt worked himself free at the top of the 18 and ripped a left-footer past the diving Scott for the 2-nil lead.
Clover ended with 16 shots to B-C’s five. Justin Watkins had three saves.
The Blue Eagles went on to face powerhouse Wando in the championship and held their own losing 1-nil. Wando had won its previous four Nike Palmetto Cup matches by a total count of 16-2.