16 Jan EFR Southern Cobras Begin Youth League Title Defense
[February 19, 2017 – Harmon, Guam] – The EFR Southern Cobras Black began their title defense with a 7-1 win over the Guam Shipyard Wolverines as upper age divisions of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League officially began their Spring 2017 season at the Guam Football Association National Training Center Saturday.
The Cobras, winners of the U17 division in Fall 2016, retained most of their players as the league shifted the top age division to U18 for 2017.
“During the break between last season and this season, we had practice sessions and scrimmages, but I’m really excited that the league has finally started,” said Cobras’ Austin Rioja, a 16-year-old student at Southern High School.
“As a team, we want to keep our title as champions and we’re working toward that. We have many players from last season returning and we’re also trying to incorporate new players on the squad.
“Playing in the youth league is a way for us to gain more match experience and to help develop our skills, preparing us for upcoming (IIAAG) high school soccer seasons,” the Santa Rita resident added.
Fellow Southern High School student and 2016 IIAAG Boys High School Soccer League All-Island First Team selection Seth Surber led the Cobras’ charge with a double hat trick in the win and Rioja scored the team’s other goal. Brandon Kong scored the Wolverines’ lone goal in the second half.
In other U18 matches, ASC Trust Islanders Betde defeated the Tigers 4-1 and the FC Barrigada Crusaders defeated the EFR Southern Cobras Grey. The other team in the division, Matson Southern Heat, received a bye on opening week.
In the U15 division, the EFR Southern Cobras defeated the ASC Trust Islanders Asut 9-0 and the Guam Shipyard Wolverines battled to a scoreless draw with FC Barrigada Crusaders.
In the U13 division, the Sidekick SC defeated the ASC Trust Islanders Apaka 6-0, Matson Southern Heat defeated Tumon Typhoons Soccer Club 5-3, Guam Shipyard Wolverines defeated FC Barrigada Crusaders 2-1 and Community First/Days Inn Dededo Soccer Club edged the MWR Trojans 4-3.
The U6 to U13 age division teams officially opened the 2017 Spring season Feb. 11.
Hundreds more youth soccer players will officially begin play with their club teams Saturday with opening week matches of the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League. The Minetgot Cup, first launched in Fall 2016, will feature U13, U15, and U18 divisions in 2017.
EFR Southern Cobras Black’s Austin Rioja is swarmed by Guam Shipyard Wolverines defenders as he tries to make his way to the goal in an opening week U18 division match of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League 2017 Spring season Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Southern Cobras Black defeated the Wolverines 7-1.
EFR Southern Cobras Black’s Seth Surber looks toward the goal as he makes his way past Guam Shipyard Wolverines defenders in an opening week U18 division match of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League 2017 Spring season Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Southern Cobras Black defeated the Wolverines 7-1.
Guam Shipyard Wolverines’ Steven Perez attempts to clear the ball away from the FC Barrigada Crusaders in an opening week U15 division match of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League 2017 Spring season Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The teams battled to a 0-0 draw.