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Charleston, SC – A weekend full of soccer. Two days, two different stadiums, but the same teams faced off back to back. The SC United FC Bantams took on the WV Chaos in two thrilling games. The first match was played Friday in Greenwood, SC at Lander University where the Chaos won 2-1. Saturday the game was played in Charleston, SC where the Chaos upset the Bantams again, but this time with a score of 3-1.
Fridays match got under way quickly as the Chaos took advantage of the Bantams defense to pick up the lead and make it 1-0. The possession of the ball was higher for the Bantams than it was the Chaos but every time the Chaos made a break for it their attack was threatening. Danny Cates stepped up big for the Bantams in the back taking command and stopping several of Chaos’ attacks. Debuting in his first Bantams game, Greenwood High goalkeeper, Landon Uldrick, came in for a half. The efforts were great by the Bantams’ defense but a quick counter by the Chaos put them up 2-0 over the Bantams. Time was running out, but the Bantams worked much harder to get a goal. Devin L’Amoreaux crossed a ball inside opposite side of the 18 yard box where Bobby Belair headed past the Chaos keeper. Bobby also made his debut with the Bantams, that goal made it 2-1. It was too late for the Bantams to come back as time ran out.
Saturday’s match in Charleston was a bit of the same for both sides. A physical game and a lot of shots from both sides, but the Chaos came out on top again. The Chaos took the lead and never lost it for the entire game. The Bantams scored a consolation goal after the Chaos put three past them during the first 51 minutes of the game. Hunter Riddle came in late with 12 minutes left in the game to score for the Bantams and not allowing a clean sheet for the Chaos. The goal was assisted by Devin L’Amoreaux ended his weekend with another assist in the two back to back games.
The Bantams are now 3-3-0 and sit in 2nd place in the South Atlantic Division for the PDL. The Bantams next match will be played Friday, June 14th at 7:30 PM ET against Southern WV King’s Warriors at home at Lander University.
The SC United Bantams came from behind to win 3-2 in a hard fought battle over the West Virginia Chaos in Charleston, WV. Both teams competed at a high level until the final whistle in front of an energetic crowd.
The Bantams opened the scoring in the 15th minute on an own goal. After a good build up through the midfield, the Bantams found Chris Duggan out wide who whipped in a cross from the wing and the ball deflected off a Chaos defender and found the back of the net.
The Chaos answered right back in the 21st minute on clinical finish from James Pucci after a lethal pass from Adam Arthur. From that point the match was on and both teams attacked aggressively but the half ended at 1-1.
The Chaos kept pressing to begin the second half and took the lead in the 56th minute on a goal from Pau Delgado off an assist from Pedrag Ivanovic.
The Bantams kept battling and found the tying goal in the 79th minute off a set piece. From about 35 yards out, Alex Stockinger sent a ball into the box and Ryan Hurst elevated from the pack and headed the ball home to tie the match 2-2.
This set up a frantic final 10 minutes and the Bantams got the game winner in the 88th minute on another set piece from nearly the same location. This time Jack Metcalf whipped another ball into the box and Chris Duggan flicked in a header for the 3-2 lead.
The match ended in a flurry of attacks in extra time and the Bantams prevailed 3-2.
SC United now stand at 2-0 in the South Atlantic division and are tied at the top of the standings with the Carolina Dynamo.
SC United Bantams coach Gary Winchester summed up the match this way. “I am very proud of my lads tonight for showing the character to fight back and earn a big win. Give credit to the Chaos, they are a quality team and battled us all night. We are still early in the season but I am very encouraged about the heart our team showed tonight.”
The Bantams continue their two game road trip on Saturday when the travel to Beckley, WV to play the Kings Warriors of Southern West Virginia. The Chaos next match is also against Southern WV at home on Tuesday May 28th.
Greenwood, SC –The season opener turned out the way the Bantams wanted. It was at one of their home fields (Jeff May Complex), an attendance of about 300 people, and they received the win in a convincing manner.
The first ten minutes the Virginia Beach Piranhas and the SC United FC Bantams were trying to get into a rhythm. The Bantams seemed to make the most of their chances pressing high on the Piranha’s defense and playing the every second of every minute. With the Bantams pressing high, at times the Piranhas would get out of trouble and try to counter but no serious threat. It wasn’t until the 25th minute that the Bantams scored off of a corner kick. Jack Metcalf sent the ball back post close to the edge of the six where an unmarked Joseph Lontrato took advantage and made his opportunity count. At this point the Bantams received some encouragement and made it difficult for the Piranhas to respond right way. Seven minutes later the Bantams pressure caused the Piranhas defense to lose it about 15 yards from the 18 yard box. In a 2v2 situation Devin L’Amoreaux split the two center defenders as David Kenga was on the run where he wasn’t going to miss a 1v1 situation with the keeper. At the 32nd minute mark it was 2-0 Bantams. The remaining 13 minutes were a bit more at ease as the Piranhas started to settle down and prevented the Bantams to continue with the nice rhythm they had going.
The second half of the game was a turnaround for the Piranhas as they made changes to their lineup and formation which in turn created more chances to score but Bantams’ goalkeeper, Robert Beebe, was a brick wall with stellar saves. The Bantams had several opportunities as well with an MVP type performance by midfielder Jack Metcalf. The last ten minutes of the game the Piranhas kept the Bantams in their own half. The Piranhas could have made it 2-1 but Joey Lontrato saved a ball about to cross the goal line. Even though they couldn’t score, they didn’t give up and Shaun Russell scored in stoppage time just a few seconds away from the game ending.
After this game, the SC United Bantams are 1-0-0 in the season while the Virginia Beach Piranhas drop another one to make it 0-2-0.
The Bantams welcome Clark McCarthy aboard for the 2013 season. He is making a transition from high school coaching to the PDL ranks as the South Carolina United Bantams’ assistant coach, while also serving an important role in the goalkeeper training.
Congratulations to former Bantam, Austin Savage, on his game winning goal against Houston Dynamo! Making the most of his minutes in the Carolina Challenge Cup vs MLS Houston Dynamo Austin netted the winning goal in the 75th minute.
“Savage, a trialist from Clemson University, entered in the 72nd minute with the score knotted, 1-1, and immediately made an impact. He torched the Houston back line to serve a dangerous cut-back pass to Evier Cordovéz, whose shot was blocked. On Zach Prince’s ensuing corner kick, however, Savage’s back-post header gave Dynamo netminder Tally Hall no chance.” Read the complete article:
Charleston Post and Courier Article: Savage Sparks Battery past Dynamo
Congratulations to Matt Seinfeld on his invitation to USL Pro Combine last week in Bradenton, Florida. He had a good showing as noted in the round-up article, “Matt Seinfeld’s low cross in the 18th minute was partially blocked after a good run into the right side of the penalty area, but the deflection came to Ferretty Sousa, whose shot was well saved by Bret Mollon.”
Read the USL Pro Combine Round-up article.
SC United Bantams announce the three team options for 2013
Upon selection of any of the teams, your tryout fee will be deducted from the player fees.
1st Team: $100 cost per player
2nd team Reserve Team (College level players only) $280 cost per player Season: May 18-July 15
3rd team High School Developmental $500 Summer Program June 20th –July 20th
***Majority of practices will be held at BB&T with an occasional session in Greenwood***
Greenwood, SC The SC United FC Bantams of the Premier Development League (PDL) has named Gary Winchester as their head coach for the 2013 season. President Mark Riddle announced, “I am pleased to name Gary has our new head coach for this 2013 season. Gary served as our assistant coach under Coach Taylor last year, and did a remarkable job. He had a great attitude and all the players enjoyed learning from him. We want to thank Coach Taylor for his great work in our inaugural season as he mentored Gary to help him prepare for this coaching position.”
Gary is looking forward to the upcoming season, “It’s a great opportunity for me to step into this head coaching role. Working under Coach Taylor was a dream come true for me, learning and watching his coaching strategy, should prepare me for this coming season.” As the head coach, I want to develop the principles that were set for the inaugural season and I will continue to develop the players showcasing their talents and pushing them to win in the right way.”
Gary is originally from Penicuik, Scotland, he graduated from Lander University where he was a two- year starter. Prior to that, Winchester had played two years at Iowa Central Community College.
After graduation, Winchester was hired at Emerald High School (Greenwood, SC) where he taught and coached the women’s soccer team. He has also served as the director of the Toro Youth Soccer Club.
In 2007, Erskine tapped Winchester to be the head women’s soccer coach. Winchester has his “A” licensee with the United States Soccer Federation and is a member of the South Carolina Olympic Developmental Program coaching staff.
Entering his sixth season, Winchester brought much needed stability to the Erskine women’s soccer program. Prior to his arrival, the Lady Fleet dealt with four different head coaches in as many years.
Coach Winchester resides in Greenwood, South Carolina, with his wife, Betsy, and his one-and-half-year-old daughter, Keighan.
GREENWOOD, S.C. – Palmetto Football Club, Inc., South Carolina’s only USL Premier Development League (PDL) franchise, announced today it has teamed-up with South Carolina United FC, South Carolina’s largest youth soccer club with more than 4,600 players ages 4-19. Commencing with the 2013 season, the Palmetto Football Club’s PDL team will compete across the Southeast and beyond as the SC United FC Bantams donning new Under Armour uniforms over the course of their 16-match season which runs from May to July and features many of the top collegiate soccer players from the region including those from the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Winthrop University, Lander University and Wofford University.
“We are ecstatic to be teaming up with our state’s only PDL franchise to fulfill our mission of providing a quality youth-to-adult soccer experience at every level of amateur play” says South Carolina United FC President Ron Tryon. “Whether it’s participation in one of our various youth programs, gaining experience in the US Soccer Development Academy program or now, as a member of our Super-20 team or our PDL team, a youth soccer player can literally develop his soccer skills within our own club from start to finish through college and, if fortunate enough, into the professional ranks.”
Drawing on an immediate fan base consisting of SCUFC’s 4,600 players, half of the squad’s 2013 home matches will be played in Columbia and the remainder will be played at Lander University in Greenwood. According to Mark Riddle, President of Palmetto Football Club, “Our vision from the beginning of the PDL process has been to promote the highest level of amateur soccer in South Carolina. We desire to showcase the top players who played their youth soccer in the state or who currently represent any one of our great South Carolina colleges or universities. We feel that our relationship with South Carolina United FC will prove to be extremely beneficial and add great value and respect for our organization. They have built a tremendous youth club in South Carolina and we are excited to be associated with them. It’s a natural fit.”