Guam – A goal differential might decide champion in this year’s league. After four grueling weeks of play, the 2010 Budweiser Beach Soccer League champion will be crowned this Sunday.
But just who will wear the inaugural crown is still a mystery.
Guam United lead the standings with 18 points after edging Fuji Ichiban Espada FC 7-6 yesterday. Despite the absence of top scorer Ajay Pothen and strike ace Matt Welton, United took a commanding 6-2 lead after the first period on Camden Aguon’s hat trick. Fuji battled back over the next two periods to make it a game, but it wasn’t enough as United held on. United also did well earlier in the day with a 12-3 win over Doosan FC behind five goals apiece from Aguon and Sean Fitzsimmons.
Quality Distributors trail United by three points, but have two games on the final day compared to United’s one. In their lone match yesterday, Quality recorded the highest margin of victory this season – a 13-1 win over Doosan – in an effort to narrow United’s goal differential advantage. In the event United and Quality finished the season tied on points, goal differential will be used to break the tie, as the next tiebreaker – better head-to-head record – would not break the tie (United beat Quality 8-5 in the first week before losing by the same score last week).
Fuji Ichiban Espada FC can play spoilers and maybe even sneak into second place with a little help. Their thrilling 11-9 win over Paintco Strykers yesterday cemented their hold on third place, but the young team will have to hope league-leading scorer Shawn Spindel can duplicate his 6-goal feat last time his team met Quality. In the event Quality lose both their last two matches, Fuji can steal second place with two wins and a better goal differential.
After a rough start, Paintco Strykers started the second round with a win over Doosan and followed up with a stirring comeback against Fuji yesterday before giving away two goals late in the match. They occupy fourth place, ahead of Doosan on goal difference, but face both United and Quality on the final day.
Doosan, like United, have just one match to play on Sunday after a lack of substitutes led to yesterday’s heavy losses. However, if all their players are available, they are a dangerous team and will certainly look to end their season on a high note with a win against Fuji.
Information from a press release.