Coast 96 and 97 Red Fall Just Short at Atlanta Cup
Dateline: Thursday September 6, 2012

Two Myrtle Beach based Coast FA boys teams entered the 34th annual Atlanta Cup and came away with very impressive results over the Labor Day Weekend. The Atlanta Cup is the largest youth soccer tournament in the Southeastern United States and this year hosted over 650 teams from all over the country.

The Coast 96 Red boys team finished second in U16 Cup Division, which is the most difficult level of play offered. Coach Joel Banta’s squad returned to Atlanta for the fourth consecutive year and posted three victories and one tie before dropping the championship match 4-2 in their group of twelve teams to NASA Elite from Atlanta. Along the way Coast 96 Red defeated the only two clubs ranked ahead of them in South Carolina and a top team from Georgia in Alianza Elite. This weekends results lifted the boys to the #38 position in the national poll and prepares them for their brutal R3PLE schedule that lies ahead. Coach Banta added "the boys took the next step in their journey to compete at the elite Southeast region level.

The Coast 97 Red team enjoyed their first trip to Atlanta by coming within one goal of taking home top honors in the U15 A Division.The boys were exceptional all weekend and certainly played well enough to win the championship posting three wins and one tie before falling to hometown powerhouse Atlanta Fire 1-0. The wins came against some of the top clubs in Georgia and were obtained in decisive fashion allowing only three goals over the course of five matches. The results are super impressive due to this being their first matches of the season and several players are new to the team."The Atlanta results puts the team in a good position as they prepare for other elite events such as the CASL Showcase in November" said Coast DOC Ross Morgan."This team is now ready to step up to the next level". Coach China Maja added "the team played extremely hard all weekend and showed great resiliency. They worked for one another and I am pleased with each and every one of the boys."



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