Coast 99 Red pitches three shutouts to win State Cup

coastfa-statechampsThe Coast FA boys Under-14 Challenge team went to this weekend’s State Cup soccer tournament in Mount Pleasant as the No. 5 seed. They came home Sunday with a higher title – state champs.

Coast 99 Red clinched the U-14 Boys title with a 2-0 victory over No. 2-seeded Cesa Challenge, scoring both goals in the second half to claim the trophy. The team did not allow a goal in three games.

Coast 99 Red started the tournament with a 5-0 win over No. 4-seeded SCU/MP on their home pitch in Mount Pleasant. Next up was No. 1-seeded SCUFC Elite, which saw the two teams battle to a scoreless draw except for the deciding on-goal that sent Coast FA into the finals.

The team will now compete in Regionals this summer in Baton Rouge, LA. before joining the prestigious Region III Premier League next fall. The league consists of State Cup champions and finalists from the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.

The Coast 99 Red team now joins some very elite company as one of only three squads from the Myrtle Beach area to ever achieve Premier League status. The OSSOC 88 boys team was the first to reach R3PLE, followed by the Coast 96 Red boys, who qualified twice under Coach Joel Banta.

“The win today is historical for Coast FA as a club,” Banta said. “…  I am fortunate to have had a chance to experience this moment as a coach and hope the team can become stronger with this new opportunity.”

Photo courtesy of Alan Talsky

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