Our boys U-15 Challenge team at Coast FA qualified to play in the Region III Premier League next Fall in dramatric fashion at their State Cup Tournament held in Greenville South Carolina over the weekend.
Coast 96 Red started the tournament with a double overtime 1-0 win against SCUFC Palmetto in Columbia SC. The match ended 0-0 and was sent to PK’s where the boys prevailed 3-1. The semi finals opponent was Cesa 96 Premier ranked #9 in the country and the match was played on their home field in Greenville SC. After the match ended in regulation tied 2-2 the team completed a 20 minuite double overtime with no additional scoring. The match then went to PK’s where we came out on top 3-2 to send us to the State Championship against SCU/Mount Pleasant. We were forced to play the championship with only 11 players due to multiple injuries and came up short 1-4 versus a very talented Mount Pleasant team.
The team will now compete in the Region III Premier League next Fall against the State Cup champions and finalist from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The Coast 96 Red team is one of only two squads from the Myrtle Beach area to ever achieve Premier League status with the other being the OSSOC 88 boys team.
Coach Joel Banta says, " the boys achievement is a direct reflection of their hardwork this season and in prior years. The parents and players have been dedicated to traveling and playing at a high level for numerous years and it has finally gotten this group to the next level. It will be a challenge playing in the premier league next fall but with proper preparation and dedication this group can have tremendous success! I am fortunate to have had a chance to experience this moment as a coach and hope the team can become stronger with this new opportunity".