Junior Masakada to compete in AFC tourney in Sri Lanka

[September 13, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] The Guam U16 Women's National Team, the Junior Masakåda, departed Wednesday afternoon to Sri Lanka to compete in the AFC U16 Women's Championship Qualifier Group A with matches against China PR, Uzbekistan, Jordan, and Sri Lanka.

The team will play its opening match Saturday against the host country at 3 p.m. Sri Lanka time (7:30 p.m. Guam time). Guam will next play against China, PR Monday at 11 a.m. Sri Lanka time (3:30 p.m. Guam time) before facing off against Uzbekistan on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. Sri Lanka time (3:30 p.m. Guam time). The team's final match will be against Jordan on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. Sri Lanka time (3:30 p.m. Guam time).

Only top teams from each group, as well as the top two second-place finishers among all groups, will advance to the next round. In 2012, that year's Junior Masakåda team became the first and only national team from Guam to qualify on its own merit to the final round of an AFC tournament to date. The team finished in second place behind Chinese Taipei in the tournament's Group D qualifier round robin played in Guam.


Guam to compete in U16, U19 Women's AFC tournaments

[June 1, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Both the Junior Masakåda, Guam U16 Women’s National Team, and the Young Masakåda, Guam U19 Women’s National Team, will play in Sri Lanka and Kyrgyz Republic, respectively, after AFC revealed the results of the official draw via Live Stream Wednesday.

The Junior Masakåda has been drawn into Group A of the AFC U16 Women’s Championship Qualifier Round 1 with China P.R., Uzbekistan, Jordan, and host Sri Lanka and will play Sept. 15 to 23.

The Young Masakåda has been drawn into Group C of the AFC U19 Women’s Championship Qualifier Round 1 with Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Maldives, and host Kyrgyz Republic and will play Oct. 20 to 28.


Guam U15 girls conclude EAFF tourney with win over HK

[April 22, 2017 - Shanghai, China PR] The Junior Masakåda, Guam U15 women’s national team, wrapped up its campaign in the 2017 EAFF U15 Girls Tournament in Shanghai, China PR with a 1-0 win over regional rival Hong Kong Thursday at the Jinshan Sports Center.

“I’m super excited for the result and very pleased with the girls and their performance throughout the whole tournament,” said Maggie Phillips, Guam head coach, after the match. “With each game we played, we progressively got better. The girls figured out their positions particularly, adjusted what they needed to, and then (Thursday), came out and got the job done, just like I asked them to.”

Guam played the aggressor in the match, deploying a high press from the opening whistle and pushing Hong Kong defenders into panic mode early on in the 70-minute contest.


Guam U15 girls, Mongolia settle for draw in EAFF tourney

[April 19, 2017 - Shanghai, China PR] The Junior Masakåda, Guam U15 Women’s national team, dominated in its fixture against Mongolia in Day 2 of the EAFF U15 Girls Tournament in Shanghai, China, PR, but was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw Tuesday.

With Guam’s record at one draw and one loss in two matches, the team is looking forward to earning a better result against Hong Kong in its final fixture of the tournament set to be played Thursday at 11 a.m. Shanghai time at the Jinshan Sports Center.

“I’m definitely disappointed in the score result,” said Maggie Phillips, Junior Masakåda head coach. “They dominated in the game against Mongolia and they did what I asked them to do, so I’m not disappointed in the players, but just the draw result. The only thing we could have done better was to get more goals in. We had the opportunities and we just didn’t capitalize, which is something we need to work on. I still feel they performed really well and they’ve gotten better even since our first game, so I’m very proud of them.


Junior Masakada ready for AFC tournament in Thailand

[August 12, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] Months of preparation by the Junior Masakåda, Guam’s U16 Women’s national football team, will be put to the test in Group A play at the 2017 AFC U16 Women’s Championship Qualifier in Chonburi, Thailand in about two weeks.

A mix of veteran and new players has been selected to fill Guam’s traveling roster for the tournament, which opens Aug. 27 and concludes Sept. 5. Chonburi is located about 42 miles southeast of Bangkok.

“We’ve been practicing every day, working really hard to get to where we want to be as a team and scrimmaging with other teams to prepare us for the competition out there,” said Jenna Han, a student at St. John’s School who also plays for the ASC Trust Islanders in the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League.


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