Rovers, Shipyard begin men's soccer league with wins

Budweiser Soccer League Division I defending champions Rovers FC are among the current league leaders with a pair of wins in as many matches to begin its 2014-2015 campaign.

After having their Week 1 match rescheduled to a later date, the Rovers began its title defense by clipping Quality Distributors 5-4 in Week 2 and later overcoming a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Southern Cobras 6-3 in Week 3 action.

In the Rovers’ match against Quality, Ian Mariano led the winning team with a hat trick and teammates Yaw Antwi-Agyei and Natsuki Recella also scored in the win. Jan-Willem Staman led Quality with a pair of goals and teammates Nicolas Roberto and Scott Spindel also scored. Against the Cobras, Mariano scored four and last season’s co-Golden Boot winner Jason Cunliffe scored twice. Jan Flores scored twice and Ashton Surber, last season’s co-Golden Boot winner with Cunliffe, scored once for the Cobras in the contest.


Rovers DI take Budweiser Soccer League championship

The Rovers DI (16-4-0) captured the Budweiser Soccer League Division I championship title in just its first year competing in the league's highest division ahead of former champion Guam Shipyard at second place and last season's champion, Quality Distributors FC at third place.

In the Rovers' maiden season in Division I, the team scored 110 goals in 20 matches. Rovers captain Jason Cunliffe finished tied for first place in the Golden Boot race with the Southern Cobras' Ashton Surber, scoring 32 goals for the season. Two other members of the Rovers finished in the top 5 in the Golden Boot Race: Ian Mariano (18) and Yaw Antwi-Agyei (15).

The Rovers' Division II and Masters Division teams also had impressive showings, finishing in second place in their respective divisions.

The club recently was incorporated as a non-profit organization and is largely supported by ARC Environmental Services, Ambyth Shipping, Commerical Tire Depot, Lacoste, Pacific Medical Group, Sakura's Kitchen and Slingstone Entertainment.


Sidekicks clinch Budweiser soccer Division II title

The Sidekicks officially clinched the championship title in Division II of the Budweiser Soccer League following a 1-1 draw with the Rovers DII in Week 15 action at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

The 13-1-1 Sidekicks, which had its undefeated streak snapped in a Week 14 loss to the Crushers FC, needed at least a draw against the Rovers DII (9-3-3) to secure the division title with three more weeks left in the season.

A goal from the Sidekicks’ Shaine Munoz in the 10th minute helped his team to a 1-0 lead at half time, but minutes into the second half, a goal from the Rovers DII’s Agustin Choi leveled the match. The Rovers DII, needing nothing less than a win to stay in contention for the division title, attempted a handful of attacking plays in the deciding half, but the team was denied each time by a strong Sidekicks defense, resulting in the 1-1 draw.


Shipyard stays in second with narrow win over Espada

Guam Shipyard’s two second-half goals against Table 35/Fuji Ichiban Espada FC at the Guam Football Association National Training Center was enough to keep the team hanging on to second place in the Budweiser Soccer League standings after nine weeks of play.

After Guam Shipyard fell behind 0-1 in the first half, visiting player Reyn Johnson leveled the match in the 63rd minute with a beautiful header for goal that stunned the Espada defense. Twenty minutes later, Guam Shipyard earned a scoring opportunity after a six-second rule violation was called on the Espada keeper. Shipyard’s Ajay Pothen sent the ball to teammate Donald Weakley, who finished the shot for the eventual game winner.


Quality moves to No. 2 after Week 14

Quality Distributors ascend to second place in the Budweiser Soccer League Division I league standings following a 2-0 win over the Paintco Strykers at the Guam Football Association National Training Center in Week 14 action.

Quality, which had been sitting behind Guam Shipyard based on head-to-head competition, officially moved past its nemesis after Shipyard was forced to a 2-2 draw with Table 35/Fuji Ichiban Espada FC. Gen Fudo’s two second-half goals for Espada helped his team evade a loss. Marcus Lopez and Jason Landstrom scored Shipyard’s goals. In the Quality-Strykers match up, Scott Leon Guerrero and Jan-Willem Staman scored Quality’s goals.

Quality next faces the Rovers DI, the division’s first-ranked team. The Rovers DI hold a commanding 12-2 record in the league, with just six matches left in the season. The Rovers DI team most recently cruised to a 5-1 win over the Southern Cobras, led by Matao captain Jason Cunliffe’s two goals. Yaw Antwi-Agyei, David McCallum and Ian Mariano also scored in the win. Sydney Talledo scored the Cobras’ lone goal.


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