Soccer at the Beach: MB aces SJ for tourney title

The Myrtle Beach boys and girls soccer teams kept the Soccer at the Beach tournament trophies at home this season with a clean sweep of Saturday’s finals.

The Lady Seahawks earned the title via a 1-0 forfeit by Oceanside Collegiate, while the Myrtle Beach boys scored a 3-0 victory over region rival St. James at Doug Shaw Stadium.

“Any time you win a tournament it’s big because that’s setting the model for the playoffs,” Myrtle Beach boys soccer coach Jason Himmelsbach said. “The playoffs are a tournament format so it’s a good experience, especially with a young team that’s still trying to find its identity. It’s a positive momentum boost in the midseason.”

After watching Socastee hoist the trophy on their home field last season, the Seahawks wasted little time securing the fifth annual tourney title this time. Junior Sam Coughlin notched a hat trick just 20 minutes into the game for a quick 3-0 lead and goalkeeper William Mendoza and the defense did the rest to preserve the shutout.

“We got off to a great start and that helped a lot,” said Coughlin, who returned to the Seahawks this season after spending the past three years playing academy soccer in North Carolina and South America. “St. James has a great team. They didn’t have Luke Williams today so we expect a tough game when we play them in the region.”

Myrtle Beach’s boys and girls went undefeated in the tournament. The Lady Seahawks won their four games by a combined score of 18-0.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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