Four Coast FA teams take titles in home tournament

The 5th annual Coast Spring Classic youth soccer tournament wrapped up over the weekend at four different locations on the Grand Strand.

With 232 teams from four different states, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas, competing at Coastal Carolina University, Socastee Park, Stables Park and Grande Park at the Market Commons, the event pumped an estimated 1.6 million dollars into the local economy.

Tournament host club Coast FA teams captured four of the 36 division championships. Coach Ben Schoen’s Coast 02 Black U10 boys team went 3-1 to take the title by avenging an earlier loss to Fort Mill-based Palmetto United with a 2-1 decision in the championship match.

“This is a great way to end the spring season and I hope it will serve as a motivational tool for the boys to work on their games this Summer,” said Schoen.

Coach Donnie Price’s Coast 02 Red U10 boys have made a habit of winning tournaments of late winning the State Cup two weeks ago in Columbia and now bringing home top honors at the Spring Classic. The boys posted four straight wins en route to the title.

“winning your home tournament is always special because more family members and friends are able to share the moment with the players,” Price said. “We are looking forward to moving to the larger field and an 8v8 format this fall.”

The Coast 01 Red U11 girls team, coached by Stepheney Gerhardt, also posted a perfect 4-0 record on the weekend to claim the championship. “The team gutted out a 1-0 decision in the final.

“These kids have progressed so much this year,” Gerhardt said. “I think winning this event will inspire the girls to work hard this off season.”

Coach Madi Owens Coast 00 Red U12 girls team has been playing up a year to U13 all season so when the opportunity arose to play in their own age group at home the girls jumped at the chance. The team posted four straight wins in dominating fashion, scoring eight goals while allowing only one over the course of four matches.

“It was really nice for the girls to win their last 8v8 tournament of their careers at home in front of family and friends at Stables Park ” added Coach Owens.

* Coach Jennifer Stalvey’s Coast 98 Flames struck gold by winning the SCYSA PMSL Classic I State Cup girls title this weekend in Columbia.

The girls capped an undefeated spring season with a 10-0-2 record, scoring a total of 36 goals and allowing only eight. The regular season success earned the girls a No. 1 seed in the eight-team PMSL Classic I Tournament.

The Flames handled their first two opponents on Saturday easily winning 3-0 over Rock Hill based DSC 98 Lady Green and Greenville based CESA 98G Select. The girls rode their Saturday success into Sunday’s semifinal match against Columbia SCUFC 98G Palmetto and came away with a hard fought 3-1 victory against a team playing on their home field.

Sunday’s State Championship was now set to feature the Flames versus a Greenville based Furman United team that the Flames played to a 1-1 tie during the regular season. The championship match lived up to its name with the momentum swinging back and forth between both sides until Coast wrestled away the State Championship final with a 2-1 victory.

By winning the state title the Flames season will be extended to play in the USYS Southern Regionals in Decatur, AL on June 6 against the state champs from the other 12 Southern states. The winner of that event will represent Region III for the Classic I Division National Championship.

Photo courtesy of Coast FA

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