Club overcomes hurricanes, flooding for a successful fall campaign
In a season marred by hurricanes, flooding and record rainfall, the Beach United Football Club battled Mother Nature and a tough team to finish the fall home schedule on a winning note.
The BUFC Pumas, playing in the first round of the U-17 Girls state tournament, survived the cold, wind and rain to defeat CASA 1-0 on a muddy field at The Market Common on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The hard-fought victory allowed the Pumas to advance to the final four in the Upstate on Dec. 15-16. It also secured the team's place at the premiere league level next season.
Other BUFC teams didn't get the chance to show how far they could go in the state tournament. The Dec. 1 State Cup for teams U-15 and up were postponed due to rain, forcing BUFC teams to withdraw due to a lack of fields and practice time. The Market Common soccer fields have been closed due to wet conditions for much of the season.
The weather-plagued season started with the arrival of Hurricane Florence in September followed by flooding into October, which halted play for nearly a month. The remnants of Hurricane Michael and other storms created havoc on the make-up schedule and training.
However, BUFC teams managed to find success on the pitch despite the obstacles. Three teams (Storm, Strikers, Tigers) won team titles at the James Island Cup in November. Two teams (Crush, Force) won their respective divisions at the Great Carolina Shootout in October, and four teams (Lions, Panthers, Pumas, Strikers) took first at the Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic in August.
BUFC also got involved in the community by collecting food items, clothing and sports equipment to victims of flooding in the region.