Pro soccer comes to Colleton
by The Press and Standard | July 4, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 3, 2018 at 11:16 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The Waterboro Soccer Club hosted Lowcountry United FC, a semi-professional soccer team from Charleston, in a match against the Broncos United of Concord, N.C., on Saturday June 30. Both teams play in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) — a national league with teams from coast-to-coast.
Lowcountry United was founded to provide the Lowcountry with additional soccer opportunities and to bridge the gap for players between youth/college to professional league. They are committed to supporting local soccer players and clubs along with focusing on community reinvestment.
Lowcountry United came into Saturday’s match needing a win, or draw, to clinch the Mid-Atlantic Division title. Broncos United went on the scoreboard first with an early first-half goal. Lowcountry United equalized later in the half and went into the break tied 1-1.
The second half was action packed with both teams creating opportunities. Lowcountry went ahead 2-1 with a Jamal Eddine goal early in the second half. The Broncos scored on a set piece to tie the game once again at 2-2. Lowcountry’s Austin Savage scored the match-winning goal late in the game to secure the full three points and the division title.
Players from the Walterboro Soccer Club’s academy teams were ball kids and participated in a meet-and-greet with the players following the match.
“As part of our programming, we work hard to not only develop the players’ skills, but also work to expose them to the pro-game with events and behind the scenes access to both pro- and semi-pro players,” said Frank Prentiss, WSC girls’ academy coach. “We want to nurture them along their journey and help educate them on the soccer landscape — both locally and nationally. Our goal is to help each player reach the highest level possible and seeing higher level games like this up close and local is an invaluable part of that education.
“There were people at the game from Charleston, Columbia, St. George and Hampton,” said Prentiss. “This event was good for local business as I am sure most dined locally before heading home. I am hopeful we will be able to host more of these games.”
“A big thank you for the faith in us and the opportunity to have this game tonight,” said Alan Bahadori, executive director of Lowcountry United. “It’s a wonderful feeling to have everyone’s support.”