CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - When the soccer teams at R.B. Stall High School hit the pitch this upcoming season, they will do so battling more than just the opponent on the other side of the ball.
Funding for the school's soccer program is being stretched thin.
Varsity head coach Daniel Holbrook says Stall is giving the soccer program as much as it can, but with five teams - Boys Varsity, JV, and B-team along with Girls Varsity and JV - there is only so much money to go around.
Things were already getting tight last year when the coaches created its B-team, after a large number of students showed up for tryouts.
"So many kids came out for soccer that we didn't want to turn them away," said JV soccer coach Brandon Woods.
Funding restraints are nothing new for the Warriors soccer program, but that hasn't stopped its past teams from achieving major milestones on the pitch.
The boys varsity team has reached the playoffs for four straight years, reaching the Region 2-A quarterfinals in 2011. During that time, four players have been named to the Class AAA All-State Team, with two playing in the North/South All-Star Classic. Last year's boys varsity team finished the season 13-9, going 6-4 in Region 8-AAA play.
Despite their achievements, Woods says the funding gap is beginning to catch up with the program. Several soccer goals were stolen last year, and jerseys "desperately" need to be replaced.
Woods recently created a campaign on the crowdsourcing website "gofundme," seeking $1,000 for the upcoming season. He says that money will go towards buying new jerseys, soccer balls, and paying tournament fees. Left with only two soccer goals shared between the five teams, Woods says they would love to be able to purchase a few more to replace the ones that were stolen.
"We have kids who can really play and come out there hard to work," said Woods. "All I'm trying to do is for our teams to be on the same field when it comes to funding as the teams we play against."
Since creating the page on December 17, Woods has raised nearly $400 for the R.B. Stall soccer program.
Woods hopes to have the additional funding in place before the season begins in February 2015.
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