Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup title

Coach R.J. Bass wanted a strong early test for his Coast 01 Girls Red soccer team during the preseason so he entered his new-look squad in the prestigious Atlanta Cup over Labor Day weekend.

Despite an offseason transition that saw lots of turnover, the team passed with flying colors by captuirng the championship with a hard-fought 1-0 double overtime victory in Monday’s final.

“My team started the season with a lot of new faces,” said Bass. “This preseason event provided a great opportunity for us to grow together both on and off the field.”

Playing in the top U-19 girls division against clubs from throughout the Southeast, the team came together to post a perfect 4-0 record.

After posting three straight wins in pool play over Metro Atlanta, Steamers FC Elite and Athens United, Coast faced a rematch with Steamers FC in the finals.

They prevailed by breaking a scoreless tie in the first overtime period on a perfectly placed 25-yard volley assist from newcomer Linsey Downey to returning player Lexi Lilly.

“The finals took everything that we had and it came down to one individual moment of brilliance … in overtime for the win,” Bass said.

“The only thing better than the goal was the way the girls came together to celebrate the total team effort. I could not have asked for a better script.”

Coast Director of Coaching Ross Morgan agreed. “Anytime you go to Atlanta and win a first division championship it means a lot,” he said.

“The Atlanta Cup is widely recognized as one of the top events in the country and the level of competition is historically very high. This is a great result for our club.”

Photo courtesy of Coast FA

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