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Hendersonville's Furman United aims for national title

Hendersonville's Furman United soccer team faces a big challenge next week, heading to Tulsa for a chance to make a national statement. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Hendersonville's Furman United soccer team faces a big challenge next week, heading to Tulsa for a chance to make a national statement.

The soccer club has come a long way since last year.

"This year, we have risen up to this whole new level," Hendersonville freshman Erin Price said. "Now, it's exciting that we have a great group of girls who have been together for a while, and now we're up at this higher level, too."

Furman United won its state championship and has advanced to the Region III Presidents Cup in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they will compete for a spot to play in the national championship.

"It means a lot. My sister won it last year. And our team the year before this, honestly, we weren't the best. But it's really awesome to step up this year and to accomplish this," Miriam Smith said.

The team is made up of girls ages 15 and younger who go to Henderson County schools. Earning the right to play in this tournament is a big accomplishment.

"This is a really big deal. You have to win the league, the tournament to qualify to go," Jerry Smith said. "There's only one team from South Carolina, girls team at the 02 age group, and that's us."

"I think a big part of this tournament is attitude," Price said. "And I think we're really well prepared there. As far as skill level, we'll see. It's going to be a challenge, but that's the whole point of it. So, I'm excited."

The Region III Presidents Cup will be June 13-18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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