Coast Teams Capture Titles at Home Tournament
Dateline: Monday April 29, 2013
The 5th annual Coast Spring Classic wrapped up over the weekend under pristine conditions at Coastal Carolina University, Socastee Park, Stables Park and Grande Park at the Market Commons. The event drew 232 teams from Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas and pumped in an estimated 1.6 million dollars into the Grand Strand area. City of Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea was quoted in Sunday’s edition of the Sun News " If you look in the dictionary this is what you would see under sports tourism."
Coast FA teams captured four of the thirty six division championships up for grabs at the tournament. Coach Ben Schoen’s Coast 02 Black U10 boys team went to the winners circle first by avenging an earlier loss to Fort Mill SC based Palmetto United with a 2-1 decision in the championship match.The team posted three wins and one loss over the weekend and Coach Schoen was ecstatic. " 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." Click for Image
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 and Coach Price said " winning your home tournament is always special because more family members and friends are able to share the moment with the players. We are looking forward to moving to the larger field and an 8v8 format this Fall." Click for Image
The Coast 01g Red U11 girls team coached by Stepheney Gerhardt also posted a perfect four wins and no loss weekend on their way to the championship. "The girls really played well all weekend and gutted out a 1-0 decision in the final. These kids have progressed so much this year and I think winning this event will inspire the girls to work hard this off season" added Coach Gerhardt. Click for Image
Coach Madi Owens Coast 00g Red U12 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 8 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. Click for Image