Cole Gulledge and Conor Sloan have played soccer together for as long as either of them can remember and now they have a chance to play for all of the marbles. When the boys are not playing on their Coast 96 Red Premier team for Coach Joel Banta, they are members of the SCUFC Battery U-14 Developement Academy squad. The Battery team is comprised of top players from across our state that compete in the Southeast Pre Academy League against some of the largest clubs in Florida, Georgia, Virginia , North Carolina and South Carolina. After finishing third out of thirteen teams in the regular season with a 9-2-2 record, the Battery won the Southeast Memorial Day Tournament with three consecutive wins over Charlotte Soccer Academy, CASL and Miami’s Kendall Soccer to qualify as one of eight teams to play for the national title in July at the National Premier League Champions Cup held in Chicago Illinois. The seven other teams will be champions from the Midwest , Northern California , Southern California , Texas, Northeast , Pacific Northwest and Northern Illinois. "Congratulations to Conor and Cole on making such a large impact on the SCUFC Academy team. To win a regional tournament and go on to play for a national championship is something that very few players get to experience. This achievement should be celebrated by their families, teammates and our community" said Ross Morgan and Joel Banta, DOC’s for Coast.
The boys were truly excited to earn the birth to Chicago but were disappointed to leave behind Austin Bolton last weekend during the regional tournament. Austin is the third member of the Coast 96 Red Premier team on the Academy but was unable to participate due to a severe back injury. " We are hoping that Austin is recovered and can make it to Nationals" said Cole and Conor.