Coast FA teams clean up at Savannah Boys Rule tourney

Coast FA sent five boys team to the top divisions of the Savannah Boys Rule Tournament over the weekend and the club returned home with a lot of hardware.

Three Coast teams won their respective championships and another reached the finals. Director of coaching Joel Banta led the Coast 99 Red team past two Charlotte Soccer Academy squads in the round-robin play, then defeated the Atlanta Concord Fire Central 1-0 in the Under 14 championship match after tying them 2-2 in the round robin.

“This tournament was loaded with metropolitan area teams from all across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, so to come away with the hardware that we won is impressive,” said Banta. “It also prepares our young teams for their league play, which starts next weekend.”

The Coast 00 Red team, coached by Kevin McGovern, took the Under 13 championship in thrilling fashion, winning in a penalty-kick shootout over Inter Atlanta FC after cruising through their opening-round matches.

The Coast 02 Red team, coached by Donnie Price and Ben Schoen, also brought home top honors in the Under 11 division while outscoring their opponents by a combined 16-5 margin.

Coach Swavek Apanowicz’s Coast 03 Red won three straight matches before falling to top-ranked Florida Arlington Elite 3-1 in the championship of the Under 10 division. Arlington enjoyed three one sided matches and had not surrendered a goal before meeting Coast in the finals.

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