Things are going to look much different when training resumes at Socastee Park in mid-august. Over the summer break we have added a U10, U11, U12, U13 and a second U16 team of girls. Things started to happen when Coach Pat Piscitelli was able to add a second team of U16 girls to the club. Coach Piscitelli then landed the Myrtle Beach Varsity Girls coach, MJ Hajek, to lead this team. “Playing the fall and spring seasons will help the girls develop and ultimately benefit the area high school programs” said Coach Piscitelli.
When Coach Curtis Freeman decided to return to Coast, many of the players he has worked with the past several years chose to follow. Coach Freeman will be the head coach of the U13 girl’s teams. “This group of girls has paid their dues over the last few years at training AND has had success in tournaments as well. I look forward to them playing full sided soccer this fall at Coast” stated Coach Freeman.
Jennifer Stalvey’s 98 Flames team also benefitted from the summer influx of girls bolstering her roster to 17 and adding 4 training players. Coach Stalvey states “Having increased roster numbers will help us tremendously during league matches and tournaments, as well as, making training sessions much more competitive.”
The younger girls were the biggest winners from the summer growth. We will field both a U10 and a U11 team in the Coastal Development League based in Charleston this Fall. Coaches Stepheney Gerhardt and Donna Anderson have teamed up to provide training at Socastee Park and Pawleys Island, to reduce the amount of travel required for the girls. “Coach Anderson and I are so excited about girls’ soccer at Coast and feel that once training begins, the number of young girls wanting to be involved will explode” said Coach Gerhardt.
Co-director of coaching Joel Banta summed things up by saying “We have the organization, facilities, and quality coaching staff in place to really grow girls’ soccer, at the beach. It should be a fun season for everyone involved, the sky is the limit.”