30 Jan Goal fests featured in opening weekend of inaugural Budweiser G-League
[January 29, 2024 – Harmon, Guam] A total of 54 goals were scored in six matches as the inaugural Budweiser G-League kicked off over the weekend at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
Current Guam champion Wings FC played in the closest contested match Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Bank of Guam Strykers FC. Yaw Boateng finished with a hat trick for the winning team and Jason Cunliffe scored the Strykers’ goal.
In other matches Saturday afternoon, Tumon FC UOG played to a 7-0 win over Dededo Soccer Club. Nathan Toves and Andrew Stenson each scored a hat trick for the winning team and teammate Tyler Concepcion also scored.
Sidekick SC also recorded a shut out in Saturday’s triple header, winning 9-0 over Strykers FC Beercelona. Kai Cryster scored a hat trick in the win and teammate Napu Mesa scored twice. Tristan Hunt, Angelo Cortez, Derrick Cruz, and Sih Heon Kim each scored once in the win.
In Sunday’s triple header, Quality Distributors FC recorded the day’s lone shutout, a 13-0 win over Tumon Typhoons FC. Brandon Auayan finished with a double hat trick for the winning team and teammate Noah Miller scored twice. Winard Azagio, Ryutaro Yoshihara, Takefumi Inoue, Matthew Pepper, and Angelo Auayan contributed one goal each for Quality.
Tulip Southern Cobras defeated the Crushers FC 7-2 led by Seth Surber’s hat trick. Cody Maestrecampo, Blaise Alig, and Martin Iseke also scored in the win. The Cobras other goal came on a Crushers own goal. Gregory Collins and Nixon Potter scored for the Crushers FC.
The NAPA Rovers FC defeated Tiger SC 11-1 in Sunday’s late match. Keyth Ordoñez and Caleb Elwell each scored a hat trick in the win and teammate Michael Castaneda scored twice. Justin Cruz, Luciano Jameson, and Miran Berisha each scored once for the Rovers. Gabriel Dixon scored the Tiger SC’s lone goal.
Following the conclusion of matches on opening weekend, Sidekick SC takes the top spot in Group A standings followed by Tumon FC UOG. In Group B, the Cobras top the leaderboard, followed by Wings FC, separated by goal difference. In Group C, Quality is No. 1 followed by the Rovers.
Brandon Auayan leads the Golden Boot race with 6, followed by seven players with three goals each: Nathan Toves, Andrew Stenson, Kai Cryster, Yaw Boateng, Seth Surber, Keyth Ordoñez, and Caleb Elwell.
The G-League replaced the Budweiser Soccer League as Guam’s top flight men’s league as part of a re-branding effort beginning this year.
The new format for Guam’s domestic men’s league features three groups of five teams playing in a round-robin format in Round 1. Statistics will be kept following Round 1 competition to rank teams for another draw for Round 2 of the league. The same procedure will be applied for a third and final round of league play. Following Round 3, the top four teams will move on to a playoff round to determine the league champion, runner-up, and third-place team. The bottom 11 teams will play in bonus matches in a single-elimination tournament-style format at the end of Round 3.
The most updated schedules are available online at https://guamfa.powerupsports.com
Quality Distributors FC’s Brandon Auayan looks the move the ball through the midfield against Tumon Typhoons FC in an opening weekend match of the Budweiser G-League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Auayan scored a double hat trick in Quality’s 13-0 win over Tumon. Photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA