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Nunnery, Trimnal shine for travel soccer team

By Robert Howey

Two Lancaster County youth soccer players are sporting national champion medals this week.
Carter Nunnery and Tyler Trimnal, Andrew Jackson High School sophomores, are members of the 15U Carolina Elite Global Premier Soccer team, which won the US Club Soccer national championship in Denver on Tuesday.
The Carolina Elite beat the Eclipse Select 04 of Illinois, which won the Midwest Regional title to qualify for the national tournament in Denver.


The Carolina Elite, which won the Mid-Atlantic Regional in New Brunswick, N.J., to earn a bid to the national tournament, captured the national crown with a 2-1 win over the Eclipse.
In the national title match, Trimnal, the son of AJ High junior varsity boys soccer coach Brian Trimnal, had a stellar effort. He had an assist on one goal and was fouled in the box, which led to the game winning score on a penalty kick.
“Tyler played all out today with one mission in mind,” said Pam Trimnal, his mother. “Proud does not describe it.”
Nunnery, a keeper, played a key role in the Elite’s semifinal match, which earned the team a bid to the national title match.
The Elite topped the VHSC Steamers of Alabama, 1-0, in a match decided on penalty kicks, 5-4. In the decisive shootout, Nunnery notched three clutch saves to give the Elite the tight win.
He posted another crucial save on a penalty kick to give him four in the match.
“I think it’s safe to say, without those two (Tyler and Carter), the Elite doesn’t win the national championship,” said Brian Trimnal.
“Those two work hard and do their jobs. We’re really proud of both of them.
“This says a lot that two soccer players from Lancaster County are members of a national championship team,” he said. “They’ve done well.”
Nunnery was a keeper on the unbeaten 13-0 AJ Vols junior varsity soccer team last spring. He posted 12 assists for the 2019 AJ junior soccer team, which outscored 13 foes 63-0.
A year ago, Trimnal and Nunnery were members of the 14U team, which lost the national championship match in Aurora, Colo.
“The Elite’s win Tuesday in Denver was some redemption for Tyler and Carter,” said Chris Nunnery, father of Carter Nunnery. “That’s great to get back there to have the chance to play for the national title, but there’s no guarantees. You have to work hard and play hard.”
The GPS Carolina Elite was one of 16 teams in the national field in Denver.
Teams compete in regional tournaments across the country for the chance to advance to the national tournament.
After winning the Mid-Atlantic Regional, the Carolina Elite headed to the national tournament in Denver on July 18. The Elite went 2-1 in pool play to earn a fourth seed heading into the semifinal round.
Sparked by Nunnery’s clutch defensive play, the Elite advanced with its penalty kicks shootout win over the VHSC Steamers on Monday.
Boosted by Trimnal’s assist and penalty kick in the box that set up the game winner, the Elite then topped the Eclipse Select 04, 2-1, to win the national crown.
Nunnery didn’t have much time to celebrate his national title as he boarded a plane for Northern Ireland on Wednesday to play with the GPS National team for the Super Cup in the nine-day tournament.