GSA Adidas Invitational Red Finalists, 12/14
TN U14 D1 State Finalists 11/14
Battleground Tournament of Champions U15 Black Champions, 9/14
TN U13 D1 State Champions 6/14
Tennessee Invitational U13 Gold Finalists 5/14
The Open Cup U13 Gold Champions, 4/14
Central Soccer Cup U14 Gold Champions, 10/13
Battleground Tournament of Champions U13 Black Champions, 9/13
Tennessee Cup U13 Gold Champions, 9/13
TN U12 D1 State Finalists, 5/13
Tennessee Nike Invitational U12 Vapor (Gold) 11v11 Champions, 5/13
A-Game Futsal U12 Champions, 2/13
A-Game Futsal U12 Finalists, 2/13
Fairview SC Winter Jam IX U12 Champions, 1/13
TSC Winter Indoor Series II U12 Champions, 1/13
TSC Winter Indoor Series II U12 Finalists, 1/13
The Tennessee SC 19 Boys traveled to the Atlanta area for the GSA Adidas Invitational tournament this past weekend and came home as Finalists. With a shortened roster, the boys lost to Region III champions, GSA Premier, in the finals.
The team was fortunate to play a full schedule as heavy rain closed many of the other tournament venues on Saturday.
This event was an excellent preparation for several competitive PLC and BCC games in January, right after the holidays.
The Tennessee SC 19 Boys had a fantastic weekend, even despite losing the State Cup. The boys dominated play in all three hard-fought games.
On Friday night, they tied a focused TUSC team, 1-1.
The weekend got interesting and anxious when the boys entered Saturday's game knowing they had to win by four goals to advance. (Or they could have gone to PKs if they won 3-0.) They scored only one goal in the first half despite several chances. The second half was again full of near misses and pressing play, resulting in three goals with the last one coming in under a minute of remaining time.
Sunday's final against Lobos was full of shots on goal with some hitting the posts, but despite the strong play, the 19 Boys weren't able to convert and lost in PKs.
As Finalists, Tennessee SC 19 automatically qualify for next year's State Championships and the Central Division of the Southern Regional Premier League (PLC).
Winning the State Cup would have qualified the boys for the Southern Regionals tournament in Little Rock next June. However, with two wins in their remaining three PLC games, the boys will win PLC, which puts them in Southern Regionals and advances them to Southern Regional Premier League (RPL) next year.
The Tennessee SC 19 Boys won their first tournament of the season with a roster that included some new faces and new coach Earle Davidson. They competed a year up in the U15 top flight of Tennessee Soccer Club's Battleground Tournament of Champions.
The boys played hard-fought games against four strong teams: Aris FC, Darlington, Huntsville FC, and TUSC, winning three and tying one. It was a great experience for the boys to play older competition. The tournament has helped the 19 Boys prepare for upcoming Premier League, Boys Club Championship, and other competitive events.
Tennessee SC 19 made a strong showing at the USYSA Region III Championships in Baton Rouge, LA, with one win and two ties against the State Champions from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas-South. The 19s beat the Arkansas Comets, 3-0, on Friday afternoon. They tied WSA, 1-1, on Saturday, despite dominating shots and shots on goal. On the final day, needing a win, they held a 1-0 lead until the fourth minute of stoppage time in the second half.
Click here for an article about the team's second day action.
Congratulations to Luke Bernatavitz for being near the top of the goal-scoring table. (See below.)
While the boys were disappointed with not advancing, they made a name for themselves in Region III. They are already looking forward to playing Premier League Central games against teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, starting in August.
A special thanks goes to Coach Eric Bossman for continuing to develop the boys and helping build an outstanding program.