GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

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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Open tryouts being held for Guam U16 Women's national soccer team

If you are one of the best, eligible soccer players to represent Guam at the 2013 AFC U16 Women’s Championship, team coaches are calling you to open tryouts.

Open tryouts currently are being held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Players attending tryout sessions must wear royal blue and be in full gear, including shin guards and cleats. Players also must bring their own water or sports drinks.

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Guam's U16 women's national team ready to take on challenge in China

Guam's U16 women's national team will face one of its toughest challenges beginning Sept. 26 when the players face Japan in the championship round of the AFC U16 Women's Championship in Nanjing, China.

"The goal no doubt is to qualify for the semifinals," said head coach Brett Maluwelmeng. "To say it won't be easy would be a massive understatement, as we'll be going up against defending champion Japan in our first match. However, I dare say with our strategy, hard work and a bit of luck, we can sneak a result.

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Guam U16 women complete championship play in Nanjing

The Guam U16 Women's National team created several scoring opportunities against I.R. Iran in the second match of its first-ever AFC U16 Women's Championship appearance, but time expired before the team could find the back of the net.

Guam goalkeeper Mya Jade Sanchez was chosen as MVP of the match by AFC officials after having effectively stopped shots or directed Guam's defenders to limit opportunities by I.R. Iran. Guam and its opponent played to a scoreless deadlock until two minutes into injury time in the first half on a goal by Fatemeh Rayatsarokolaei. Zahra Khodabakhishi doubled Iran's lead in the 58th minute on a free kick that just sailed over Sanchez for the final 2-0 score.

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