Bay United U-14 girls playing in State Cup final four

By: Mark Vaughn Email
By: Mark Vaughn Email

PANAMA CITY, Fla- A group of talented local girls have a chance to win a state championship in club soccer. The 14 and under Bay United Sharks are headed to Auburndale, Florida looking to kick their way to the Florida State Cup title.

The Bay United Sharks are one of only four teams left out of 32 statewide youth soccer teams that qualified for the Florida State Cup playoffs.

"We've already won 6 games in this state system that we're going through," Head Coach Bill Carter said. "We have not lost, tied one, and won all the rest. We have not allowed a goal to be scored on us. So it's been a great, great experience."

The team is made up of mostly 8th graders and some freshman, all under the age of 14. On this team there are no individual stars, and that's because they all stand out.

Carter added, "That's one of the great things about them. There's no one player that's better than the rest. They all treat each other the same. They get on to each other, they cheer for each other. They have a great time. They have more fun than I've ever seen one group of kids have."

Making it to the state cup final four is a difficult task, in fact in 20 years of coaching youth soccer coach Carter has never made it this far.

"Number one a great accomplishment for these kids, because they've worked exceptionally hard to get here. Alot of coaches could say they've never been the final four in the state cup. It's just that high of a step up," Carter said.

These young ladies know they're making their mark in Bay County history, but right now they're only have one thing one their minds and that's winning their semi-final game.

The Sharks play Pinecrest Premier at Noon Saturday for a shot in the Finals on Sunday.


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