11 Jan Officials Continue to Reward Fair Play in Youth Soccer
The ongoing Fair Play with Triple J initiative, which started last week, created a buzz in the youth soccer community and was again highlighted in Week 6 play of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
In an instance when play was temporarily stopped after a Lil’ Bombers player went down, the Sidekick SC’s Andrew Unpingco kicked the ball to the Lil’ Bombers keeper in the ensuing drop kick in a U14 match. Moments later, the Lil’ Bombers’ Olivia Whitaker did the same when the situation was reversed. One of the match referees, Maria Abbey Iriarte, issued both players a Fair Play with Triple J green card to reward them.
“They didn’t have to give the ball back to the opposing team on the drop kick, but they did anyway without hesitation,” Iriarte said after the match. “I gave them both green cards for their fair play actions.”
Another referee, Simie Willter, rewarded the Wolverines U17 player Jordan Rosario with a green card in his team’s match against the Strykers. After Willter called for a goal kick believing the last touch on the ball was from a Strykers’ player, Rosario admitted to Willter that he touched the ball last before it went out and had Willter change her call to a corner kick for the opposing team.
“I’m still learning about the (Fair Play with Triple J) initiative, but I think it’s great for the players,” said Jenn Flory, a U6 and U8 coach for Tumon Soccer Club. “Rewarding good sportsmanship and fair play during matches helps to reinforce good values that the young athletes have learned and will use throughout their lives.”
In Week 6 U17 division play, Thomas Park and Jion Aoki combined for three goals in the Wings Black’s 3-0 upset win over defending champions ASC Trust Islanders Betde.
In other matches, Ray Macias, Daryl Damian and Michael “Jake” Benito scored in the Wolverines 3-0 win over the Strykers.
Devan Mendiola scored the game winner for the Islanders Apaka in the team’s 3-2 win over the Sidekick SC. Mendiola scored twice and teammate Kennedy Macatuno also scored. Dante Aprec and Brennan Haight scored for the Sidekick SC.
Seo Hun Kim and Eric Kim scored in Quality Distributors Red’s 2-0 win over Community First Dededo Soccer Club.
Donovan Reyes, Gideon Tyquiengco, Devin Quinata, Riley Jones, Colleen Naden, CJ Lujan and Patrick Lujan all scored for the Southern Heat against Quality Blue.
In Week 6 U14 matches, Tyler Presto, Masaki Spence, and Bradly Lubas scored in the Wings’ 3-0 win over the Islanders.
Errett Bainum, Xavier Naputi, Rhys Paynter, Aidan Dickson, Enrique Macias, and Jacob Herring scored for the Strykers Red in the team’s win over Tumon.
Sam Larkin scored twice and teammate An Truong added another in Quality’s 3-1 win over Dededo. Diether Messner scored for Dededo.
Noah Camacho scored all five goals for the Wolverines in the team’s 5-2 win over Strykers Blue. Neil Ericsson and Dayton Damian scored for the Strykers Blue.
Yu Chan Lee scored twice and teammates Michael Chong and Darrell Ramos also scored in the Tigers’ 4-0 win over the Southern Cobras.
Austin Duenas, Andrew Unpingco, GianCarlo Abril, Roben Morellano, and Noah Bamba all scored in the Sidekick SC’s win over the Lil’ Bombers.
In the U12A division, a pair of goals from twins Matthew and Mark Iseke and one from Kyle Halehale helped the Wings to a 5-3 win over the Tigers. James Lee scored three for the Tigers.
Jonathan Sevilla, Edward Reyes, Russell Anicas, Josiah Duenas, Joshua Bamba and Saena San Nicolas scored for the Islanders in the team’s win over the Orange Crushers. Bobby Haddock and Hayden Morgan scored for the Crushers.
All Fair Play with Triple J green card recipients will be entered into a weekly drawing for a Kia FIFA World Cup soccer ball. A photo shoot of each week’s winners will be held at 12 noon the following Saturday at GFA.
The ASC Trust Islanders’ Jeffrey Ho leaps to battle for a header against the Wings Black’s Jordan Jasmin during a Week 6 U17 division match of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Wings Black upset defending champion Islanders Betde 3-0.