Beach Pumas Capture Coerver Cup State Championship

The Beach Pumas, a team of girls representing the Beach United Football Club, capped their summer of Coerver Cup competition with a new title to their resume - state champs.

The Pumas captured the Coerver Cup 5 v 5 U-12 Co-ed state championship on Saturday in Columbia, winning all five of their games and allowing only one goal all day.

After winning their opener 5-2, giving up a meaningless two-point goal, the Pumas rolled the rest of the way en route to the state title. They won their pool games by scores of 1-0, 6-0 and 1-0 before defeating an all-boys team 3-0 in the championship game.

The win capped an incredible season that saw the Pumas peak at the right time. They finished fourth in the Hartsville tournament, took third at an event in Summerville, placed second in Myrtle Beach and won their first event two weeks ago in Sumter before dominating their way to the state title in Columbia.

The Pumas were coached by Chris Newman and included Wendy Arneberg, Sidney Croland, Gabby Giracello, Madilyn Green, Riley Massey, Sadie McMillan, Avery Newman and Cooper Sanders. BUFC members Rebecca Eagerton and Peyton Grainger also played for the team during the season.

Beach United Football Club is a Myrtle Beach-based youth soccer organization offering top-level instruction and competition for ages 5-18.