27 Dec Rovers Lead Top Four Teams to Men’s 2016 Futsal Playoffs
[August 5, 2016 – Harmon, Guam] – The Strykers FC foiled a perfect regular season record for defending champions Rovers FC in the final round of Budweiser Futsal League matches Wednesday evening ahead of playoffs at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
Third-ranked Strykers edged the Rovers 5-4 in a physical match that saw three players sent off with red cards before the final whistle.
Ricky Katsumata’s second goal of the night was the eventual game winner following a pair of goals from Vinicius Rodrigues and one from Marcus Lopez for the Strykers. Jonahan Romero led the Rovers with two goals and teammate Logan Dillenburger scored once. The Rovers’ other goal came on a Strykers own goal.
Despite the loss, the Rovers still finished the regular season as the top-ranked team and will next play No. 4 Quality Distributors in the first round of playoffs kicking off at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Only the top four teams in the league move on to playoffs.
Quality secured the No. 4 spot with a 13-1 victory over Hard Rock Café. Jan-Willem Staman led Quality with four goals and teammates RC Salas and Paul Long each finished with hat tricks. Scott Leon Guerrero scored twice and Justin Tan once in the win. Joseph Cruz scored Hard Rock Café’s lone goal.
The Strykers secured third place in league standings and will face No. 2 Guam Shipyard in the league’s other playoff match on Saturday, also kicking off at 6 p.m. Guam Shipyard finished regular season play with a 19-0 shutout of Doosan FC. Min Sung Choi finished with a double hat trick and teammate Mark Chargualaf finished with five goals. Christopher Reyes scored a hat trick in the win and teammates Dominic Gadia and brother Andre Gadia scored two each. Donald Weakley scored Shipyard’s other goal.
The Crushers FC’s playoff hopes were dashed with a 5-1 loss to the Southern Cobras. Ashton Surber led all scorers with four goals and teammate Gerard Aguon also scored. Tyler Guyton scored the Crushers’ lone goal on a penalty kick.
In Wednesday evening’s other match, Lots of Art Tattoo Heat defeated the Andersen Bombers 12-5. Keith Surber led all scorers with four goals and teammate Gideon Tyquiengco finished with a hat trick. Lance Chargualaf scored twice for the Heat and teammates A.J. Root, Celvin Lujan, and Shaine Munoz also scored. Michael Dobbie and Eyuel Yohannes each scored twice for the Bombers and teammate Marcus Buford also scored.
Shipyard’s Chargualaf finished as the league’s Golden Boot winner, scoring 36 goals in nine matches. Choi finished in second place with 25 goals in nine matches. Quality’s Staman finished third in the race with 21 goals for the season.
Both playoff matches – No. 1 Rovers against No. 4 Quality and No. 2 Shipyard against No. 3 Strykers – will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday at GFA.
The Strykers FC’s Xavier Naputi attempts to get the ball through the defense of Rovers FC’s Jonahan Romero (left) and Logan Dillenburger (right) during a final round match of the Budweiser Futsal League Wednesday evening at the Guam Football Association National Training Center futsal courts. The Strykers won 5-4.
Hard Rock Cafe’s Pele Torres takes the ball through mid court Quality Distributors’ Scott Leon Guerrero tracks the movements of Torres’ teammates during a final round match of the Budweiser Futsal League Wednesday evening at the Guam Football Association National Training Center futsal courts. Quality won 13-1.