Coast FA teams strike it rich at St. Paddy’s tournament

Coast FA sent nine teams in the St. Patty’s Tournament in Columbia over the weekend and six returned to the beach with hardware.

Coach Curtis Freeman’s 99 Crush girls and Coach Swavek Apanowicz’s 03 Red boys were crowned champions in their respective divisions. Finalist trophies were presented to the 98 Flames, 02G Red girls, 02 Red boys and 01 Red boys teams.

“This is a large tournament with nearly 300 teams from across the Southeast and for a club the size of ours to have six teams place is phenomenal,” said Coast FA director of coaching Ross Morgan.

“This is a true testament to our players’ and parents’ commitment to the program. All of those nights where our kids turned up to training when it would have been easy to stay home are paying huge dividends for our teams.”

The nine Coast teams posted a combined record of 22 wins, eight losses and three ties for the tournament against teams from throughout the Southeast.

“This tournament is very well established and allows us to face some clubs that we normally do not have an opportunity to compete against. It serves us well as we prepare for our State Cup competition next month ” said Coast director of coaching Joel Banta.

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