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March 28, 2014

Soccer at the Beach tourney kicks off Friday

Myrtle Beach boys soccer coach Jason Himmelsbach wished for a scenario to host his own tournament.

That day has come.

The inaugural Soccer at the Beach event fires up at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium and the adjacent Ashley Booth Field. The 13-team tournament will feature eight boys teams and five girls teams, including at least three area squads on each side of the bracket. 

"I've wanted to do this since I came here. We've got such a great location," Himmelsbach said. "Now that we have the nice venues, it was something we wanted to do for a while."

Both the boys and girls tournaments will include three teams ranked in the top 15 of the most-recent state rankings. Friday's games were still on as scheduled as of 2 p.m., and barring major weather delays, the tournament should be able to go off without much of a hitch.

Game Saturday begin at 8 a.m., with the final games starting at 6 p.m. Sunday's championship games will take place at 11 a.m., with the girls playing on Ashley Booth and the boys at Doug Shaw.

Boys participants: Myrtle Beach, Hanahan, Socastee, Ft Dorchester, Carolina Forest, Christian Academy, Chatham Kent, St James.

Girls participants: Myrtle Beach, Chatham Kent, Socastee, Carolina Forest, Christian Academy

Admission: $6 per game, or fans can purchase a tourney pass (admission for all games) for $15

Parking: all fans and buses should park in the Doug Shaw parking lot (labeled public parking area on attached map)

Entrance: The entrance for all fields will be between Doug Shaw and the City Rec baseball fields.  There is a walkaway right where 33rd Ave ends on the attached map.  There will be signs as well.

Concessions: Will be available at Doug Shaw field the entire tourney.

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