In its second game of the Palmetto Cup tournament at Brookland-Cayce, Cardinal Newman fell 4-2 to Wando, on Thursday.
Two assists from Hamilton Carlin helped Wando hand the Cardinals, ranked No. 5 in the nation by ESPN, their only loss of the season.
Trailing by one goal at the start of the second half, the Cardinals worked to find ways through the Wando defense, but could not finish their attacks.
After 15 persistent minutes, Andrew Wilczewski broke through a crowd in front of the goal to score on an assist from Thomas Touma, knotting the score at 2 with 24 minutes to go.
But in the 67th minute, Wando (14-2) scored on an Trent Rieflin header off a cornerkick to regain the lead.
“I thought we responded well, we came right back and had a chance, but (give) credit to them, they finished their chances and we didn’t,” Cardinals coach Will Eudy said.
The Warriors added another score two minutes later, and the Cardinals were unable to recover.
“It started well, and overall we played decently,” Eudy said.
While the 2011 Class 4A champion Wando squad started out with a tentative offense, the Cardinals took an early lead when Nestor Jaramillo converted on a penalty kick in the 10th minute of play.
Wando replied three minutes later when Trent Rieflin put in a goal off an assist from Eric Clark.
With four minutes remaining in the half, Carlin got an angle to draw the Cardinals’ keeper out. Carlin passed to Christopher Corontzes, who knocked the shot into the back of an open goal.
The score stood at 2-1 at halftime.
“We are built to score; we have to score to win, just because of the way we play,” Eudy said. “What we take from today is we can play with anybody.”
The Cardinals face national No. 1 Irmo today at 8 p.m. as the tournament continues.