05 Dec Bank of Guam Strykers Masters Take 2018 Co-ed Title
[August 25, 2018 – Harmon, Guam] – The Bank of Guam Strykers Masters capped a perfect Bud Light Co-Ed Masters Soccer League season with the 2018 championship title after nipping defending champions NAPA Rovers Masters 1-0 late Friday evening at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
Kevin Knaeble had the winning strike on a free kick just outside the 18-yard box in the 76th minute to break the match’s scoreless deadlock.
With the 2018 title, the Strykers Masters became only the third team to win the Co-Ed Masters Soccer championship since the league’s inception in 2011. The Rovers Masters have the most titles, winning six. The only other team to hoist the Co-Ed Masters Soccer League championship trophy is the United Masters in 2015.
In the league’s third place match, three second-half goals by the United Masters lifted the team over Gino’s 4-1 for the 2018 bronze finish.
Tho Duan, Xiang Dong Liu, Hannah Netherton, and James Okuhama each scored once for United Masters and Shelly Santos scored Gino’s lone goal in the 88th minute.
Following the matches, the top two teams were awarded their respective trophies and individual awards were also presented to winners.
United Masters’ Hannah Netherton accepted the 2018 Golden Boot Award, becoming the first-ever female winner of the distinguished award. Netherton scored 12 goals in seven matches, including a hat trick in her team’s final regular season match to eclipse second-place finisher NAPA Rovers Masters’ Juven Roales, with 10 goals in seven matches to his credit.
Bank of Guam Strykers Masters goalkeeper Robert Jensen earned the 2018 Golden Glove Award, allowing zero goals during the entire regular season.
United Masters Hannah Netherton poses with the 2018 Golden Boot trophy of the 2018 Bud Light Co-Ed Masters Soccer League during a short presentation following her team’s third place match against Gino’s Friday evening at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Netherton is the first-ever female recipient of the award, netting 12 goals in seven matches for the honor. In the photo, are from left to right, GFA General Secretary Micah Paulino, Netherton, and United Masters’ CY Leung.
Bank of Guam Strykers Masters’ Robert Jensen, right, accepts the 2018 Golden Glove trophy of the 2018 Bud Light Co-Ed Masters Soccer League during an awards presentation following the league’s championship match late Friday evening at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Jensen allowed zero goals in seven matches to earn the award. Also in the photo is GFA Executive Committee Member Gian Tenorio.