2008 Girls Premier Win Back-to-Back Georgia State Cup


Savannah United 2008 Girls Win Back-to-Back Georgia State Cup


The Savannah United 2008 Girls Premier team won the US Youth Soccer U14 Girls Georgia State Cup title on May 14, 2022. The team competed in the Finals in Peachtree City, GA to secure the championship. Coached by Savannah United directors, Gary Wright and Jeff Storey-Pitts, this 2008 Girls Premier team won back-to-back championships, making them the first team to do so in the Savannah area.


“I am so proud of this group of girls who have stuck together and played as a team; most of them playing together from their early Academy (U8) days and showing great progress & growth both as a team and as individuals,” said Coach Jeff Storey-Pitts.  “We are excited to see what the future holds for this team and how they can compete on the regional and even national level.”


Team captain, Anna Shoemate had this to say about their win, “I am super proud of this team. We went from losing 3-0 and 4-0 to most Atlanta teams a few years back to now being the first ever Savannah United team to be back-to-back State Cup Champions! We have been constantly pushing ourselves and each other at practice while also being able to have fun with each other.”


The Georgia State Cup is a highly competitive competition. This tournament provides an opportunity for players to be scouted and evaluated as well as provides a direct pathway for winning teams to participate in the Southern Regional Championship and potentially the National Championship.


The team will represent Savannah United and the State of Georgia at the Southern Regional Championship taking place in Murphfreesboro, TN in June. This is Savannah United’s fourth team to make it to Regionals in the last two years.


“It’s been a pleasure coaching these young ladies over the past couple of years,” states Coach Gary Wright. “They deserve all the success they get as their dedication, commitment and their enthusiasm is second to none. The pleasing thing to see from a coaching perspective over the years is not only is this group very talented, they have a lot of fun along the way also!”



2008 Girls Premier Team Roster

Head Coach: Gary Wright & Jeff Storey-Pitts

Team Manager: Alisha Shoemate

Reese Bailey

Jackie Bessman

Evelyn Bowen

Madison Bueno

Emma Dresback

Jordan Gunn

Molly Hildebrandt

Mary Grace Morris

Kamila Peña

Amelia Reci

Allyson Rosas

Anna Shoemate

Marley Sigmon

Hailey Smith

Iris Turner

Abby Tvrdy

Malayla Wright