GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

BOG Strykers stave off Quality in Aloha Maid elite league

[September 28, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] The Bank of Guam Strykers escaped with a narrow 3-2 win over Quality Distributors in its first of two Week 3, U17 division matches of the 2016 Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center Tuesday evening.

The Strykers (2-1-1) managed to hold on to its No. 2 position in league standings, while keeping Quality (1-2-1) at the No. 3 position with only two more matches before single-elimination league playoffs begin Oct. 8.

Strong defense on both ends of the pitch created a stalemate up until the 39th minute when a back-heel shot in front of the goal by Eric Kim off a corner kick play gave Quality a 1-0 advantage through to halftime.

The Strykers’ Tevin Pangelinan later found the back of the net on a goalmouth scramble to knot the match at 1-1 about five minutes into the second half. Seven minutes later, the Strykers launched another successful attack to take the lead for the first time in the contest at 2-1. Clayton Mitchell battled through a host of Quality defenders, moving across the goal and managed to get the ball to teammate Alan Thomas, unmarked on the left side for the finish.

Quality later leveled the match for the second time in the 64th minute after Jason Kim finished an Eric Kim cross from the right side. About ten minutes later, the Strykers were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead again on a penalty kick after referee David Drews charged Quality with a hand ball violation in the box. A successful spot kick by Mitchell gave the Strykers the 3-2 advantage and the team held on for the win.

In the evening’s other match, Wings Black (1-2-1) earned its first victory with a forfeit win over their Red counterparts. Despite the loss, Wings Red (2-1-1), although tied with the Strykers on points, still hold onto to the top position in league standings based on head-to-head competition.

The teams next play on Saturday, with Quality taking on Wings Red at 9 a.m. on United Airlines Field 2, followed by the Strykers against Wings Black at 11:30 a.m.

 

Bank of Guam Strykers' Joshua Calvo passes the ball back to a teammate after Quality Distributors defenders managed to stop him from advancing to the goal in a Week 3 match of the U17 division of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League Tuesday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Strykers edged Quality 3-2.

 

Bank of Guam Strykers' Clayton Mitchell attempts to needle through the Quality Distributors defense toward the goal in a Week 3 match of the U17 division of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League Tuesday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Strykers edged Quality 3-2.

 

Bank of Guam Strykers' Aidan Dickson prepares to pass the ball to a teammate facing defensive pressure from Quality Distributors' Eddie Huang in a Week 3 match of the U17 division of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League Tuesday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Strykers edged Quality 3-2.

 

Quality Distributors' Tara Usita-Lee looks for an opportunity to get around the defense of Vince Cruz of the Bank of Guam Strykers in a Week 3 match of the U17 division of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League Tuesday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Strykers edged Quality 3-2.

 

Quality Distributors' Jason Kim takes control of the ball against the Bank of Guam Strykers in a Week 3 match of the U17 division of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League Tuesday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Strykers edged Quality 3-2.

 
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