Para i onra, para i gloria - Masakada Installment 1

Para i onra, para i gloria is a recurring feature on, 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.


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.



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.”


Masakada def CNMI

The Masakada shut out CNMI 6-0 in the opening match of the Women’s East Asian Cup preliminary competition at the Leo Palace Resort Guam main field Tuesday.

“The key was we were confident but not overconfident coming into the game,” said Simie Willter, co-captain of the Masakada. “Before the game, we read aloud a quote from Mia Hamm – ‘you can't just beat a team, you have to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see you again.’ We wrote the quote on a sheet of paper, cut it up and gave a piece to each team member to put in their socks during the game.”


Masakada IIAAG players

It’s not unusual to see familiar faces from the IIAAG Girls High School Soccer League play for Guam’s national team in international competition.

Out of the Masakada’s 18-player roster, seven played in the 2012 high school season: high school MVP Paige Surber, Jena Cruz, Tatyana Ungacta, Arisa Recella, Andrea Odell, Phoebe Minato and Chyna Ramirez.


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