Coast FA 97 Black claims state soccer championship

The Coast Futbol Alliance 97 Black won the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association’s state championship over the weekend in impressive fashion.

The Under-14 squad won the Classic division by defeating the Lakeland Toros Soccer Club from Greenwood 4-0 in the final match.  The 97 Black allowed only one goal during the entire the tournament.

Playing in South Carolina’s Presidents Medal Soccer League, the team finished the season with an 11-0-2 record and scored 49 goals while allowing only three goals all season.

The tournament win qualifies the team for the U.S. Region III tournament in Greensboro, N.C., where they will compete against 11 other state champions for the right to advance to the national championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Coached by former South African international and professional player and Coastal Carolina University standout Bethuel “China” Maja, the team features 18 local players.

They are Kyle Barry, Chris Young, Jason Mende, Tanner Goshert, Bryce Simpson, Kayque Stoffel, Jake Perito, Cian Gormley, Ashton Newman, Killian Bucci, Boomer Frank, Ricardo Farinas, Maddox Wilkinson, Nico Sandoz, David Caraker, Tommy Rives, Kha’Doe Crosby and Billy Brittelli.

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