GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Wings Red, Islanders Betde in U17A Spring 2015 title hunt

[April 29, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] The ASC Trust Islanders Betde will make a return to the championship match of the U17A division of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League and will face familiar foes in the Wings Red Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

The Islanders Betde, a team that has gone head-to-head with Wings Red in several U17A finales, missed qualifying for a semifinal berth last season, but has since come back stronger, going undefeated in the regular season. The Islanders Betde defeated Quality Distributors 4-0 in the early semifinal with goals from Devan Mendiola, Aljurrell Grape, Leon Bamba, and a penalty kick by Joerowayne Manalo.

The Wings Red booked its finals ticket with a 2-1 victory over No. 2 Strykers. Ricky Katsumata and Jordan Jasmin scored for Wings Red and Justin Johnson scored the Strykers’ lone goal.

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Youth soccer continues with Week 8 matches

[April 20, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] After the final whistle of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League U14 division intra-club match between Wings Red and Wings Black, coaches Ross Awa and Frank Toves gathered all players for a collective cheer for Wings instead of the usual post-match handshake line.

The players from both teams, who train with each other twice a week, took to the pitch in an official league match with Wings Red coming out on top over their Black counterparts tallying goals from Niclas Vavra, Leon Morimoto, Taiga Simon, Kyle Halehale, Mark Iseke, Kainoa Ferguson, and Kaito Atsuta.

“We want all Wings teams to win, but when we have to play against players from the same club, they are like any other opponents,” said Halehale after the match. “For me, it’s the same feeling going out on the field against any other club team – we play our style and we don’t underestimate any team in the league.

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Role models assist with development in youth soccer

[April 12, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] For many top soccer players, having a role model at an early age – whether it is an international star featured daily in media or someone closer to home – assists immensely in developing a pure love for the sport.

“I started playing soccer because my older brother, Patson, started playing soccer and I look up to him,” said Patrick Haimin, one of Community First Dededo Soccer Club’s top U12A players. “I was six years old when I started and I really love playing. My favorite part of the sport is playing fair with my teammates in league matches. In practice, I always look forward to scrimmages because that’s the most fun.

“This season, our club put in a team in the U12A division and we are doing well. I hope we can finish in the top three,” added Haimin, an 11-year-old student at Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School.

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Experience key in competitive divisions of youth soccer

[March 23, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] Experience comes in handy for youth soccer players in competitive divisions of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League.

Playing the sport for just about a decade, 14-year-old Brennan Finona, formerly of Community First Dededo Soccer Club and now part of the ASC Trust Islanders Apaka, has managed to score at least once in each of his team’s matches this season, win or lose, at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

“Playing all these years in the youth soccer league, I’d say it really helps with player development,” said Finona. “Soccer is a team sport though, so having good communication with your teammates and working hard as a team to score goals and defend is what it takes to win.

“I wouldn’t be able to score any goals if it weren’t for my teammates passing the ball to me,” added the F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School student.

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Youth soccer continues to grow with new players

[March 16, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] Just three weeks into the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League, newcomers to the sport continue to learn and have fun with every match and practice sessions with their clubs.

“When my sister started playing soccer, I wanted to try too because I thought it would be fun to try,” said 9-year-old Hayden Duenas of the Tumon Typhoons Soccer Club. “I just started this season, and it is really fun to play – I like the sport a lot. So far, I’ve only scored goals at practice and I haven’t yet scored one in the league, but before the season is over, I’d like to score some goals for my team.”

Duenas and close to 1,800 youth players enjoyed windy, overcast conditions at the Guam Football Association National Training Center for Week 3 matches of the youth league Saturday.

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