GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Benito scores for Guam in U16 tournament opener

Guam's Michael "Jake" Benito equalized the match against Brunei-Darussalam in the 27th minute, but the team dropped its opening match at the AFC U16 Championship Group H qualifier in Vientiane, Laos.

Ten minutes after Benito's goal, Brunei-Darussalam's Muhamad Syahmi bin Rashid scored his first goal of the tournament and later his second for the halftime whistle as Guam's opponents jumped to a 3-1 lead. Team Guam settled down in the second half frustrating its opponent, but the Brunei-Darussalam forward later completed his hat trick, scoring the lone goal in the second half.

Head coach Dominic Gadia played goalkeeper Sean Evans, defenders Napu Topasna, Shane Healy, Christopher Cawili, and Jasen Guzman, midfielders Joshua Lujan, Shashikant Kotwal and Ethan Lamberton, and forwards Jestin Escobar, Leon Bamba and Benito as Guam's starting eleven. Healy commanded the team as captain. Cameron Miles, John Anthony Cruz, and Kyle Perez also saw playing time in the team's tournament opener.

Guam next plays Korea Republic Monday at 6 p.m. Laos time (9 p.m. Guam time). The team also is set to face the host country and Malaysia before departing Laos at the end of the month.

Guam's Ethan Lamberton attempts to stop a pass by Brunei-Darussalam's Abdul Matin bin Norazlan in an opening match of the AFC U16 Championship Group H Qualifier in Vientiane, Laos. Brunei-Darussalam defeated Guam 4-1.

Guam's Michael "Jake" Benito powers past Brunei-Darussalam's Abdul Matin bin Norazlan in an opening match of the AFC U16 Championship Group H Qualifier in Vientiane, Laos. Brunei-Darussalam defeated Guam 4-1.

Guam's John Anthony Cruz prepares to send a free kick into the box in an opening match of the AFC U16 Championship Group H Qualifier against Brunei-Darussalam in Vientiane, Laos. Brunei-Darussalam defeated Guam 4-1.

Guam's Kyle Perez beats a slide tackle to stay in control of the ball in an opening match of the AFC U16 Championship Group H Qualifier against Brunei-Darussalam in Vientiane, Laos. Brunei-Darussalam defeated Guam 4-1.

Guam's Leon Bamba prepares to send in a shot in an opening match of the AFC U16 Championship Group H Qualifier against Brunei-Darussalam in Vientiane, Laos. Brunei-Darussalam defeated Guam 4-1.

The starting 11 players from Guam pose for a photo before the team's match against Brunei-Darussalam in the AFC U16 Championship Group H Qualifier in Vientiane, Laos. Front row from left: Jestin Escobar, Leon Bamba, Shashikant Kotwal, Chris Cawili, Napu Topasna. Back row from left to right: Captain Shane Healy, Ethan Lamberton, Jasen Guzman, Joshua Lujan, Michael "Jake" Benito, Sean Evans.

 
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