Four hundred teams from six states completed over seven hundred matches to determine champions in sixty one divisions. The 11th annual Coast Spring Classic is the largest youth soccer tournament in South Carolina and is officially in the books. “ It takes months of planning to pull off an event of this magnitude and requires total commitment from the Coast FA staff, sponsors, reciprocal clubs, volunteer field marshals, referees, hotels, vendors ,Horry County Recreation Department, the city staffs from North Myrtle Beach Sports Park and Market Commons Complex. This tournament provides Coast FA with the funds to scholarship many local families that otherwise could not afford to participate in youth soccer . The Spring Classic also brings in an economic impact of over four million dollars to our community in the shoulder season so everyone benefits. The Coast Spring Classic is played on the last two weekends of April each year and has been so successful that our plan is to add a Coast Fall Classic on Labor Day weekend starting in 2019 “said Coast Executive Director Heyward Gulledge.
The following Coast teams captured championships and finalist honors during the tournament. Congrats to all of the players and their coaches !
Coast 08 Black North…Champions…click here for photo… “The squad played spirited and as a team to secure its first championship of the season. The defense was challenged in all four matches and responded with gold medal form. The North Myrtle Beach community showed tremendous support that was greatly appreciated” said Coach Steve Morgan.
Coast 08g Red...Finalist…click here for photo...” We had a beautiful weekend with hot temperatures and zero subs. Our girls knew we had to win our final match to receive finalist awards and I have never seen them play so hard or so well. I absolutely could not be more proud of these little fighters that keep showing up to play day in and day out. They deserved to get that medal more than anyone” said Coach Alli Hogan.
Coast 08 Red…Finalist…click here for photo…”All of our matches were close hard fought games this weekend. I am very proud of my team’s mental and physical toughness throughout the entire tournament” added Coach Noah Gulley.
Coast 07 Red…Finalist…click here for photo…” This was our first tournament playing 11v11 format and the players responded very well. We lost a 0-1 heartbreaker in the championship to a team that has played 11v11 all season so I am very optimistic going into the fall” said Coach Joel Banta
Coast 03 Red…Finalist…click here for photo…” Finalist medals in the top division was a terrific result for my squad considering they are also playing high school soccer this spring. I am super proud of this group’s body of work and look forward to Regionals” said Coach Brian Smith.
Coast 06 Red…Finalist…...” We played with no subs all weekend due to injuries and this group really battled. Really looking forward to having them for a full season next year “ added Coach Brian Smith.
Coast 09 Black…Finalist…click here for photo…“This group of extraordinary young talent displayed some of the best soccer I have seen at the u9 age level. I am beyond proud of their performance and I am excited to see what else this team can accomplish as they progress as players.”