Beach United Football Club Squads Shine in Hosting Can-Am Cup
Fury girls win on buzzer beater; Pride/Puma girls, Storm boys finish runners-up
The Myrtle Beach Area, Beach United Football Club, had several teams shine in the Can-Am Cup soccer tournament on the weekend of March 7-8 at Market Common, including a near-sweep of the Girls Under 13-14 divisions.
The U-13 BUFC Fury captured the championship of the U-13/14 Red Division in dramatic fashion with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the CASL White. The scorless tie was broken with 8 seconds remaining with a looping shot over the goalkeeper to give the Fury the win and the championship.
The BUFC Pride/Puma tried to make it a clean sweep of the U-13/14 divisions. Playing up one and two age groups in the Girls U-13-14 White Division, the U-12 Pride/Pumas finished runner-up to the Scotland (NC) SAY Rampage.
The BUFC Flash and Panthers finished fourth in the competitive Girls U-10 and U-11 White divisions.
In boys play, BUFC fared well in the oldest and youngest age levels. The BUFC Tiempo won their group in the U-15/16 division and the BUFC Storm won their group in the U-10 Red division before falling 4-3 in the championship game.
The BUFC Predators took second in their group in the U 13/14 Blue division, the Strikers were third in their group in U-10 Red, and the Legends finished fourth in the U-11 Blue division.
Beach United is a youth soccer club based in Myrtle Beach that offers top-level instruction for ages 7-18.
Beach United DOC Thuba Nkomazana Attends NSCAA Convention
Coaching Philosophies, Club Management Among the Many Topics Covered in Philadelphia
Beach United Football Club Director of Coaching Thuba Nkomazana recently attended the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in Philadelphia, joining more than 10,000 soccer coaches from all over the world.
During the five-day event, Nkomazana (pictured left) was able to attend a long list of meetings, lectures, seminars and roundtable discussions about coaching philosophies and club management. Nkomazana also met with some of the biggest names in the sport, such as Dick Bate (pictured right), Rene Meulensteen and many more.
"I'm always trying to learn from the best and improve how I coach players," Nkomazana said. "I got an opportunity to talk to former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen and FiFa advisor to Asia and England Dick Bate. These two coaches are the best at what they do and their work speaks for itself. We do share the same coaching philosophy and it made it so much easier to talk to them."
Among the many areas covered at the convention were coaching education, managing coaches, players and parents, sharing information and ideas with other club directors, and learning new ways to improve the club. Nkomazana called the trip both refreshing and enlightening, and he hopes to implement many of the things he learned at Beach United.
Beach United Football Club is a Myrtle Beach-based youth soccer club that offers instruction and competition for boys and girls ages 7-18.
Beach United Players Take a Swing at New Sport of `Foot Golf'
Myrtle Beach Golf Course Caters to Soccer Fans With Hybrid Sport
Several Beach United Football Club players have been brushing up on their soccer skills - both on the soccer pitch and the golf course.
BUFC is a youth soccer club based in Myrtle Beach, which is also known as "Golftown USA," so it only makes sense that it is also home to one of the first "foot golf" courses in the country at Tupelo Bay Golf Course.
Foot golf is a hybrid sport that uses soccer skills to play a unique version of golf. Players kick a regulation soccer ball into a 22-inch cup, following the basic rules of golf from the tee to the green.
Players drive (long kick), chip (touch kick) and putt (short kick) their way around the course, keeping score by counting kicks instead of strokes. Unlike soccer, the winner is the one with the lowest score.
The BUFC Under-11 Girls Flash had an outing at Tupelo Bay Golf Course in Garden City Beach on Saturday, Feb. 7, followed by the BUFC Under-12 Puma/Pride gathering on Sunday, Feb. 8.
The Flash's Brianna-Lynn Fornarotto earned the lowest youth score while Coach Ryan Stinnett won the men's division and Michelle Granger won the women's group.
Birthday girl Avery Newman won for the Puma/Pride, followed by Cooper Sanders and Sidney Croland.
Beach United's Boys Under-17 Mundial Completes the Perfect 10-0 Soccer Season
Coach Jonattan DeLeon helps Myrtle Beach team make big turnaround on soccer pitch
The Beach United Football Club's Boys Under-17 team, the Mundial, wrapped up a perfect 10-0 record and the regular-season championship of the PMSL II Soccer league on Saturday.
The Mundial used an inspired second half to claim a 4-1 victory over Liverpool FCA, symbolic of the turnaround the team has made in recent years. Tied 1-all at halftime with their undefeated and untied season on the line, coach Jonattan DeLeon lit the fuse.
"It was closer than we wanted early but we had possession, and that was one of my goals with this team: If we control the ball we control the game," said DeLeon. "But you have to be able to finish and that's what I told the guys: We've got to finish and score some goals."
The Mundial scored three unanswered goals in the second half to clinch a perfect season and cap a reversal over fortunes since DeLeon joined the squad in 2012. He served as an assistant under BUFC director of coaching Thuba Nkomazana before taking over the team with assistant Sunnie McGonigal, and the chemistry has sparked a worst-to-first turnaround.
"The first year we only won three games, and last year we finished third," DeLeon recalled. "We just practiced hard and went back to the basics - receiving the ball, playing unselfishly, putting pressure on the opponent. The guys worked really hard and I am proud of them."
DeLeon is also the proud father of 3-year-old Jonah, who many may see running around the practice fields and playing soccer with anyone willing to join him. The elder DeLeon came to the US in hopes of playing college soccer, but student-visa issues and his need to work prevented him from reaching his goal.
Instead, he got married, had Jonah and adopted a dozen more young men on the soccer pitch. The change in game plan appears to be paying off for everyone involved, and for the BUFC extended family. He got to see more than just his own son grow over the past three years.
"Playing soccer never really worked out for me here but I still love being involved with it," said DeLeon, who played briefly for the Rochester (NY) Rhinos and Wilmington (NC) Hammerheads. "My wife tried to get me to coach and I am glad she did. I enjoy it and the kids help me a lot. They say, 'You help me a lot' and it's so rewarding. I say, 'No, you help me.'"
The Myrtle Beach based Mundial team will compete in the South Carolina Youth Soccer State Cup in December.
PridePumas Return to Rec-League Roots to Practice with Former Team
BUFC U12 Soccer Players Pair Up with Myrtle Beach YMCA U-6 Team for Fun Day of Play on the Soccer Pitch
Before they were the BUFC Girls Under 12 PridePumas, they were the YMCA Under 6 Blue Pumas.
Six years later, girls from the original team returned to their recreational soccer roots to practice with their former coach and a new breed of YMCA Blue Pumas who may follow in their cleat steps someday. Despite their hectic three-day-a-week BUFC practice schedules, they found time for a fourth, albeit a day of fun.
The girls started their soccer careers at the Grand Strand YMCA (Myrtle Beach) at the age of 5 under coach Steve Starnes, who coached them for five years before they moved on to Beach United. Of the 10 or so players on his initial rec team, seven have gone on to play travel soccer at BUFC and remain teammates today.
The girls attribute "Coach Steve" for making the game fun when they were young and sparking their interest in playing soccer at the next level. Now Starnes has a new batch of 5-year-olds, and his former players wanted to give something back by spending some quality time on the practice field.
The girls paired off into big sister-little sister duos to run through stretching exercises and drills, and they also teamed up for a scrimmage in which only the little Pumas were allowed to score. They celebrated with some post-practice cupcakes and juice boxes before exchanging some goodbye hugs and high-fives.
The mixed practice was particularly meaningful for Starnes, who got to see his former players and their much-improved skills in action, and for the tiny Pumas who got to look up to their predecessors. The BUFC Pumas also got a kick out of the experience, which served as a reminder that no matter how seriously they take it, soccer should be fun.
Beach United Football Club is a Myrtle Beach-based youth soccer organization that provides next-level training and competition for boys and girls ages 5-18.
Beach United Teams Hold Home Turf in Great Carolina Shootout
Strikers sweep their way to championship; four teams finish runners-up
Beach United Football Club, a Myrtle Beach-based youth soccer organization, made a solid showing at the Great Carolina Shootout, held throughout the Grand Strand on Oct. 11-12.
BUFC's Strikers dominated the field en route to the championship of the Under 8/9 Boys Blue Division, winning all four games of their by a combined score of 23-0.
The BUFC Fury finished second in the Under 13 Girls Blue Division, suffering a 2-1 defeat to the PYSL Lady Hurricanes in a hard-fought final.
BUFC also had three boys teams claim runner-up honors: The Storm finished second in the Under 10 Boys White Division; the Predators were runners-up in the Under 13 Boys White Division; and the Tiempo finished tied for second place in the Under 15 Boys Red Division.
Beach United Football Club offers soccer instruction and competition for boys and girls ages 5-18. Registration and open tryouts for the spring season is coming soon.
Soccer Fields in the Myrtle Beach area
Directions to Soccer Fields:
Doug Shaw Stadium and Myrtle Beach Rec Ctr soccer fields 3205 Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
From 17 bypass south, turn right onto 29th ave north (beside Planet Hollywood) towards the ocean. Go through stoplight at Grissom Parkway. At next stoplight, Oak Street, take a left. You will pass Pepper Geddings Recreation Center on left, take immediate left right after the center. Stadium Field will be first field on the left. Use the large parking lot to the left.
From 17 bypass north, turn left onto 29th Ave north and follow directions above.
YMCA @ 67th Ave. N. 904 65th Ave. N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
From highway 17 bypass north, turn left at the stoplight (Farrow Parkway) at the backgate of the former air force base (now called Withers Preserve & Market Commons) following Farrow Parkway.
Market Common 1004 Meyers Ave. Myrtle Beach SC 29577
Coming from the North on Kings Hwy (17 Bus.). Turn right on Farrow Parkway. Follow Farrow Parkway through the stores.After the pond on the left.....