Women’s Soccer Starts Sunday

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Guam- Opening Week Delay Fuels Teams’ Desire

It’s been less than a month since the close of the 2010 Women’s Beach Soccer League, but Kristin Thompson is already excited to play in one of this weekend’s opening matches of the 2010 GFA Bud Light Women’s 7-A-Side League.

Thompson’s Orange Crushers team, the most successful women’s team in recent years with 11 title match appearances in the past 12 competitions, is raring to avenge their 9-4 loss to thePaintco Strykers in the beach league final.

“There is a big rivalry between us and Strykers!” Thompson said. Either the Crushers or Strykers have won the regular 11-a-side league the past six years.

“We have been looking to add a 7-a-side title to our trophies. We have not won this league yet [since 2005] and would love to do very well in this season,” Thompson added.

The league, delayed due to inclement weather last weekend, will feature a new refereeing system this season with a single referee instead of a two-referee system. To compensate, non-playing teams will be tasked to assist the referee in minor calls such as out-of-bounds.

“We decided to use only one referee this season to help minimize costs, especially since we’re playing at LeoPalace,” league commissioner Cheri Stewart said.

All matches are on Sundays, with two matches playing concurrently at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. at LeoPalace Field 3.

The Islanders will be making their debut in the women’s league this season and Quality Distributors, Guam Shipyard, Bombers, Guahan.com, Hyundai and dck Masters round out the rest of the league.