GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Wolverines top U13 elite field, win 2019 Minetgot Cup title

[March 16, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] The Guam Shipyard Wolverines finished with the best record of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League to capture the 2018-2019 U13 Division championship title Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

The Wolverines finished the 15-week season with 11 wins, one loss, and three draws, ahead of the season’s silver finishers, the Wings FC (10-4-1).

The Wolverines, undefeated through 14 weeks, suffered its lone loss of the season Saturday, falling to fourth-place finishers Community First/Days Inn Dededo Soccer Club 3-2. Zaven Piolo scored twice for Dededo and teammate Alesana Jorlang scored the team’s other goal. Anthony “A.J.” Chaco scored both goals for the Wolverines.

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Wolverines extend U13 elite league standings lead in Week 8

[January 21, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] The Guam Shipyard Wolverines will continue their unbeaten streak into Week 9 matches of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League U13 Division this weekend at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

In Week 8 matches played Jan. 19, the Wolverines propelled past the Wings FC in the second half to win 2-1. Anthony “A.J.” Chaco scored both goals for the Wolverines after the Wings took a 1-0 lead at halftime thanks to a shot by Annie Jones in the 12th minute. With the win, the Wolverines are now 6-0-2 for the season, while the Wings fall to 5-2-1. Despite the loss, the Wings still hold onto second place in league standings moving into Week 9.

Community First/Days Inn Dededo Soccer Club (5-3) holds onto third place in league standings after eight weeks with a 4-0 win over the Bank of Guam Strykers (1-7).

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Players, coaches set for Shizuoka youth tournament

[July 23, 2018 - Yona, Guam] Nine youth players and three coaches from the Wings FC will be flying to Shizuoka, Japan later this week to compete in the Nakaizu Winery Hill Cup Junior Tournament, an 8-vs-8 tournament, beginning Friday.

“Every year, we always look for tournaments, particularly in Japan, for youth players in the summer so they stay competitive even when domestic leagues are on a break,” said Marvin “Ike” Iseke, Wings FC President. “Thanks to Coach (Tetsuo) Yamamoto, we’ve been fortunate to provide this for our players. We stopped temporarily a few years ago after the tsunami hit northern Japan, but after, we wanted to restart and continue this tradition, which also serves to prepare the young players moving up into the Guam national program traveling for larger tournaments. The players become accustomed to requirements for travel, see the level of competition outside of Guam, and they develop into ambassadors of Guam through soccer, among other things.

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Atsuta, Meyar to take part in youth event at FIFA World Cup

[June 7, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Guam’s Raito Atsuta and Riku Meyar will be among the multitude of football fans from around the world flocking to Moscow, Russia to witness the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Atsuta and Meyar will be taking part in Gazprom’s Football for Friendship program, an international children’s social program spearheaded by the FIFA partner. The pair, the first from Guam to take part in this global program, will be in Moscow for a week engaging with youth representatives from all of FIFA’s 211 member nations in various activities, including a trip to Luzhniki Stadium to watch the tournament’s opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

“I can’t wait to go to Russia, I’ve been counting down the days,” said Atsuta, who plays for the Wings FC in the U13 division of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League. “In addition to soccer, I want to see famous places and things they have there and also to meet people.”

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Bank of Guam Strykers topple U18 elite defending champs

[March 21, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] No substitutes, no problem.

Despite fielding exactly 11 players for Week 3 of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League U18 Division, the Bank of Guam Strykers managed to topple defending champions ASC Trust Islanders 4-1 Monday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Joshua Calvo led the Strykers attack with two goals and teammates Jacob Herring and Vince Cruz also scored in the win. Juan Sarmiento scored the Islanders’ lone goal.

With the loss, the Islanders fall behind Wings FC in league standings based on goal differential. The Islanders, however, will have a chance to regain the top spot when they face the currently undefeated Wings in Monday’s continuation of the U18 Elite division at 6 p.m.

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