2018-04-13 / Sports

Cardinals are 2018 Nike Palmetto Cup Champions

Story and Photos by Mike Maddock


The Cardinal Newman Cardinals, 2018 Nike Palmetto Cup Champions: 00 Declan Carroll; 1 Carson Bohannon; 2 Matthew Weiland; 3 Marino McGloster; 4 Brandon Reinecker; 5 Owen Trimmier; 6 Palmer Dayhuff; 7 Matthew Binette; 8 Matthew Benson; 9 Garen Presnal; 10 Grayson Barber; 11 David Greenwood; 12 Gavin Yancey; 13 JoJo Cleary; 14 Henry Moscati; 15 Nick Noah; 16 Zach Williams; 17 Isaiah Davis; 18 Michael McGovern; 19 Jack Lapin; 20 Will Chontos; 21 Paul Lomas; 22 Max Miller; 23 Kyle Burke; 25 Connor Flynn; 26 Jose Gonzalez; Head Coach/AD Will Eudy; and Assistant Coaches Benji Poston, Rob Lapin, Jono Cleary, JR Roth, and Jimmy Millard. The Cardinal Newman Cardinals, 2018 Nike Palmetto Cup Champions: 00 Declan Carroll; 1 Carson Bohannon; 2 Matthew Weiland; 3 Marino McGloster; 4 Brandon Reinecker; 5 Owen Trimmier; 6 Palmer Dayhuff; 7 Matthew Binette; 8 Matthew Benson; 9 Garen Presnal; 10 Grayson Barber; 11 David Greenwood; 12 Gavin Yancey; 13 JoJo Cleary; 14 Henry Moscati; 15 Nick Noah; 16 Zach Williams; 17 Isaiah Davis; 18 Michael McGovern; 19 Jack Lapin; 20 Will Chontos; 21 Paul Lomas; 22 Max Miller; 23 Kyle Burke; 25 Connor Flynn; 26 Jose Gonzalez; Head Coach/AD Will Eudy; and Assistant Coaches Benji Poston, Rob Lapin, Jono Cleary, JR Roth, and Jimmy Millard. The Cardinal Newman Cardinals grinded their way through their fifth match in three days to win the 2018 Nike Palmetto Cup championship with a 1-0 victory over the Lexington Wildcats on April 5.

The Cardinals got to the championship with pool play wins over Lakeside (5-0), Hanahan (5-0), and Blythewood (4-1), and a 2-0 semifinal win over A.C. Flora. Lexington beat Swansea (6-0), Indian River (4-1), Battery Creek (4-1), and TL Hanna (1-0) to reach the title match.


Cardinal Newman’s Grayson Barber charges upfield against Lexington. Cardinal Newman’s Grayson Barber charges upfield against Lexington. Lexington held possession early and got the first shot of the match ten seconds into the third minute off a free kick, but Cardinal keeper Carson Bohannon grabbed an easy save, and the Cardinals were off and running.

They racked up six shots, five corner kicks and were awarded seven free kicks, four of which were just outside the Lexington box, but Cardinal Newman still came away scoreless in the first half. That was due in part to Lexington keeper Cameron Smith’s four saves, one of which was a point-blank shot, and the other was a diving stop.

The Wildcats got a total of four shots in the first half; Bohannon reeled in three of them.

Lexington started the first five minutes of the second half with three free kicks, a corner kick, and two shots. Bohannon had a huge save on one to preserve the scoreless tie.

The Cardinals regained control over the next 17 minutes earning a free kick, two corner kicks, and two shots. Smith saved one with another diving effort. Then, at the end of the 70th minute, Cardinal Newman’s Will Chontos got behind the Lexington defense chasing down a long ball that forced Smith to come about 30 feet outside the Lexington box.

Chontos got off a shot just before Smith collided with him. The shot bounced wide, but Smith was given a yellow card for running into Chontos, and he was forced to leave the game until the next stoppage in play. Chontos was shaken up and helped off the field.

That left the Cardinals with an indirect kick. Matthew Binette launched it into the Wildcat box where Grayson Barber leapt and headed it into the net for the match’s one and only score.

Barber was named the tournament MVP for his efforts.

This was the Cardinals’ second tournament title this season. They won the Airport Select Invitational March 25. They were also Gold Division semifinalists in the Capital City Cup February 25 before losing to Wando 4- 2, their only loss of the season so far.

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