Five local soccer teams win Coast Spring Classic titles

When it comes to soccer, the Grand Strand traditionally has been lagging behind other areas of the state and region.

But that trend may be changing in light of the 4th annual Coast Spring Classic, which was held all over the Strand last weekend.

Nearly 200 teams from the Carolinas, Georgia and Pennsylvania traveled to Myrtle Beach for the tournament, and the home teams more than held their own.

The competition was tougher than ever in this year’s tournament, but so were the local teams. Five locally based squads won their respective division championships, proving that the Grand Strand is closing the gap on the soccer pitch.

The Beach United FC’s won titles in three girls divisions, with the Crush 99s and Crush Too sweeping the Under 12 8-v-8 classes and the Navy Pride capturing the Under 9 Bronze division in their first-ever tournament. The Pride lost their tourney debut 6-4 and then allowed only one goal the rest of the tournament en route to the title. The Crush 99 shut out all four of their opponents, while the Crush Too allowed their only goal of the tournament in their 2-1 title victory.

The host Coast FA boys claimed championships in the Under 10 Gold division (Coast 01 Red) and the Under 12 Gold 11-v-11 division (Coast 99 Red). The 01 Red tied their opener 2-2 and then scored 20 goals over the next three games to claim the title, while the 99 Red shut out three of their four opponents.

But hosting such a high-level event was a victory in itself, according to Coast FA officials who staged the two-day event. In the tournament’s fourth season, Myrtle Beach has finally put itself on the soccer map.

“The first year we had 45 teams, then 90, then 120 and this year 192,” said tournament co-organizer Ross Morgan. “Word has gotten out that it’s a great location, great competition, great facilities. It’s a wonderful tournament.”

With soccer clubs ranging from Under-8 to Under-12 boys and girls, games were held at the new Market Common’s Grand Park, Socastee Park and Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium to accommodate all the teams. Visitors were impressed by the new artificial surface at Grand Park and the area in general.

“This is our first time here and it’s by far the nicest fields we’ve ever played on,” said parent Heidi McCarron of Savannah, Ga. “Plus the kids had a great time. Our hotel was on the beach and had a huge water park for them to play. We’ll definitely be back.”

And so will the Grand Strand’s emerging local soccer talent.

Division Champions

Girls
Under 9 Gold: LCSC United 02
Under 9 Bronze: Beach United FC Navy Pride
Under 10 Silver: Pleasure Island
Under 10 Bronze: SSC 01 Blue Madness
Under 11 Gold: JASA Coastal Surge
Under 11 Bronze: CESA 00
Under 11 Copper: TUSA AC Milan
Under 12 Silver: Beach United FC Crush 99
Under 12 Bronze: Beach United FC Crush Too
Under 12 Gold (11-v-11): FSA Lightning

Boys
Under 8 Gold: TUSA Bolton O3
Under 8 Silver: TUSA Birmingham O3
Under 9 Gold: WAA Rage ‘N Bulls
Under 9 Silver: DISA Gunners
Under 10 Gold: Coast 01 Red
Under 10 Silver: JIYSC Academy Gunners
Under 10 Bronze: SCUFC 01
Under 10 Copper: DSC 01
Under 11 Gold: FCS Force Premier
Under 11 Silver: DIS 01 Aresenal
Under 11 Bronze: CFSC Breakers White
Under 11 Copper: CGSA Rovers OO United
Under 12 Gold: SASL Sabres
Under 12 Silver: TFC Rowdies
Under 12 Bronze: DISA Fire
Under 12 Gold (11-v-11): Coast 99 Red

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