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Masakada win EAFF tourney championship

The Masakada, Guam women’s national football team, capped its superior performance in the EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament with an 11-0 demolition of Macau, witnessed by a full house of supporters at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

With the team’s two straight wins, Guam moves on to the semifinal round of the tournament in Chinese Taipei in November. In the semifinal round, Guam will play Hong Kong, China, P.R., and the tournament’s host country.

“This round was a good experience for us – helping us build team chemistry and get everyone on the same page in a real international tournament setting,” said Masakada captain Simie Willter after the match. “Coach (Sang Hoon) Kim really emphasized that this round is more preparatory and that the next round – the semifinal round in Chinese Taipei – is where we really need to shine. We need to get Hong Kong back and perform at our best against Chinese Taipei and China – that is the round of matches we’re all focused on now.

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Masakada overwhelm NMI 7-0 in EAFF tourney opener

The Masakada, Guam women’s national football team, opened the EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament with a dominating 7-0 performance over the Northern Mariana Islands in front of close to 1,000 spectators at the Guam Football Association National Training Center Sunday.

“It’s never easy to score goals, but we did the job,” said Sang Hoon Kim, head coach of the Masakada, after the match. “The team from NMI seemed to play more defensively from the beginning and looked mostly for counterattack opportunities. With our opponents playing more of a defensive game, it was hard to get passes around their back line. We needed to try different combination plays and some worked.

“From early practice sessions, I’ve always stressed to the players that what I need from them is to play as a team and they did that in this match. It was a good result,” added Kim.

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Para i onra, para i gloria - Masakada Installment 1

Para i onra, para i gloria is a recurring feature on GuamFA.com, with profiles of selected players from Guam's national teams.

In the first installment for the Masakada, featured players are Maria Amezola, Anjelica Perez, and Lauren Valla. The players are training for the upcoming EAFF Women's East Asian Cup Round 1 tournament in Guam, beginning July 20 when the Masakada faces the Northern Mariana Islands in the tournament opener at 5:30 p.m. at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

The Masakada next play Macau July 22 at 5:30 p.m. The winner of Round 1 will move on to the tournament's semifinal round in Chinese Taipei in November.

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Masakada vs Hong Kong

True to the team’s nickname, the Masakada, Guam women’s national football team, staged a valiant comeback from a three-goal deficit, but ran out of time in the end as the team conceded a 4-3 Hong Kong victory in the final match of the Women’s East Asian Cup preliminary competition at Leo Palace Resort Guam.

“In the first half, we were still a little jittery,” said Masakada co-captain Anjelica Perez after the game. “We just weren’t playing our game in that half – we seemed to be playing more of their game. We settled down, regrouped in the second half and played passionately knowing that we had to play with heart if we wanted to win.

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NMI vs HK

The Northern Mariana Islands’ valiant defensive effort wasn’t enough to stop its opponent’s attacking plays as Hong Kong-China scored 11 goals on Day 2 of the Women’s East Asian Cup preliminary competition at Leo Palace Resort.

“The Hong Kong players had a really good passing game,” said Jhaneeka Atalig, NMI’s goalkeeper, after the game. “For every mistake we made, they really punished us.”

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