11 Jan New Players Beginning to Love Soccer
More than half of the players on Tumon Soccer Club’s U14 team in the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth League are entirely new to the sport, but they’ve been enjoying scrimmages and league matches at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
“I like the experience a lot – it’s fun, but it’s a lot of running,” said Tumon Soccer Club’s 13-year-old Brandon Salumbides, who played his first official soccer match in Week 4 of the youth league. “My friend’s brother – Dylan Naputi – he plays on the Matao and I was inspired to try out the sport this year.
“I didn’t play for my school, but I hope with experience from the youth league, I can play for my high school next school year,” added the Agueda I. Johnston MiddleSchool eighth grader.
In Salumbides’ maiden match, his team fell to Community First Dededo Soccer Club. Diether Messner, Logan Bracamonte, Tyler Hilliard and Jericho Snaer all scored for Dededo in the win.
In other U14 matches, the defending champions Wings FC settled for a 1-1 draw with Quality Distributors. Takumi Ito scored for the Wings and An Truong scored for Quality.
Seung Min Kim, Yu Chan Lee, Luke Kim, and Michael Chong all scored for the Tigers in the team’s win over the Lil’ Bombers. Jackson Blackburn scored for the Lil’ Bombers.
The Wolverines defeated the Southern Cobras with goals from Noah Camacho, Jordan Diego, and Brianne Leon Guerrero.
The Strykers Red defeated the Sidekicks with goals from Anthony Moon, Xavier Naputi, Aidan Dickson, Luke Reeder and Clayton Mitchell.
In the day’s final U14 match, the ASC Trust Islanders edged the Strykers Blue 3-2. Gabriel Tan, Mia San Nicolas, and Marley Cruz scored for the Islanders. Sabrina Kenney and Caleb Elwell scored for the Strykers.
In the U17 division, the Strykers defeated the Sidekicks 5-0 with goals from Shawn Charfauros, Ray Gudmalin, C.J. Paulino, Michael “Jake” Benito, and Joshua Lujan.
The Wings Red defeated Quality Distributors Red with a hat trick from Shashikant Kotwal and other goals from Kaito Inoue and Isiah Lagutang.
The ASC Trust Islanders Betde defeated their Asut counterparts with goals from Phillip Ogo, Leon Bamba, Jeffrey Ho, Sora Recella and Nicolas Cabuhat. Christian Quichocho scored for the Islanders Asut.
The Southern Heat blanked the Islanders Apaka with goals from Donovan Reyes, Gideon Tyquiengco, Seth Surber, Collen Naden, Napu Topasna, and C.J. Lujan.
The Wolverines defeated Dededo 4-1 in the final U17 match of the day. Jestin Escobar, Napu Mesa, Mitchell Champaco and Jay Cruz scored for the Wolverines and Tyler Pangelinan scored for Dededo.
In the U12A division, Shaun Paul Martinez’s hat trick lifted the defending champions Wolverines over the Orange Crushers.
The Wings slipped past the Islanders 7-6. Niclas Vavra scored four goals for the winning team and teammate Matthew Iseke scored twice. Kyle Halehale also scored for the Wings. Jonathan Sevilla had the golden boot in the match, netting five goals for the Islanders. Jared Gordon scored the Islanders’ other goal.
The Sidekicks’ Ricardo Duenas, who played goalkeeper for his team briefly, reaches out to prevent a header by the Strykers Red’s Clayton Mitchell off a corner kick play during a Week 4 Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League U14 match at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Strykers Red defeated the Sidekicks 5-0.