Coast, Beach United teams capture Palmetto Cup titles

Two Coast FA teams were crowned state champions over the weekend at the SCYSA Kohls Academy Palmetto Cup in Sumter.

Coast entered 10 boys and girls teams in the tournament and captured the Under-9 Boys and Under-10 Boys state titles in the most difficult divisions offered at this year’s event.

Coach Donnie Price’s Coast 02 Boys claimed the U-10 title in dramatic fashion with a 3-2 double-overtime victory over the Charleston-based NASA Soccer Club. The team finished with a perfect 4-0 record that included a last-minute victory against SCUFC in the semifinals.

“My teams have won 40-plus tournaments over the years but this is my first state championship,” Price said. “I could not be more proud of my boys.”

Coach Swavek Apanowicz’s Coast 03 Red were also crowned U-9 state champs in convincing fashion with four consecutive wins with a combined 15 goals scored while allowing only five over four matches. The boys won the final 2-0 against what is becoming one of their biggest rivals in Discoveries Soccer Club from Rock Hill.

“This group of kids has had a ton of success against very good competition this year,” said Apanowicz. “These boys have become very close and trust one another on the field and their hard work has really paid off.”

* The Beach United Under-12 Boys Tiempo captured the state championship at the SCYSA Khols Academy State Cup in Sumter over the weekend.

After going undefeated to reach the title game, the Beach United Tiempo went through two overtime periods and a round of penalty kicks to capture the state championship with a 2-1 win over the NASA Wave.

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Richardson Bruton

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