Augusta, GA — The U17 South Carolina Bulls are a tight-knit group.
“I’ve grown up with most of these guys,” Augusta Christian senior Heath Brace said. “I’ve been playing with them since I was five-years-old.”
On July 7th, the team leaves for Overland Park, Kan., just outside of Kansas City, where the Bulls will try to become the first-ever youth soccer national champion from Augusta. The four-team tournament begins on July 9th and each team will play each other in a round robin format. Based on the Bulls’ record, they’ll then either play for the National President’s Cup title or in the consolation game.
Since the players have been together since they were little, they know each others’ tendencies as well, if not better, than their high school teammates.
“With our high school team, seniors graduate, people move, so you’re never going to have the same roster every single year,” Greenbrier senior Mekhi Honore said. “But this team, we have the same roster, so we just build off of each season and get stronger.”
Team team is made up of 17 players who are 17 years of age or younger. The high school juniors and seniors primarily come from Greenbrier, Evans, ARC, Westminster and Augusta Christian high schools.
The Bulls are still working to fund the trip to Kansas. If you would like help out, you can donate at their Go Fund Me page.