Guam-Although Guam’s Under 15 National Boy’s Soccer team started off with a win in their first match against Macau, the Guam team didn’t favor so well in the next two days of competition.
Day 2-Guam vs Taipei, Bailing Riverside Park
The host team outplayed Guam for much of the match and Taipei came out on top 14-1.
What Guam lacked in size they clearly made up with heart and hard work as they fought through fatigue and the much taller opposition to the surprise of the host fans braving the heat and humidity.
Guam was able to avoid the shutout with Nathan Camacho’s second goal of the tournament coming in the final minutes of the match. As with his first goal, Edwin Wong served up a beautiful free kick from Guam’s side of the half line that Nathan was able to beat out two defenders and slide a shot pass the keeper at a tough angle from the left side of the box.
Other scores on Day 2, DPR Korea 9-0 Macau and Hong Kong 15-0 NMI.
Day 3- Guam vs Hong Kong, YingFung Riverside Sports Park
Guam was down early and would not recover as Hong Kong defeated the shorthanded islanders 16-2.
Guam was without several key players and was again the shorter of the two teams but it did not keep them from playing whistle to whistle as they fought hard throughout the match.
Missing from the team were key players Keith Surber (accumulated cautions), Cedric Sevilla (heat exhaustion), Jared Collado (eye-out for tournament) and Edwin Wong who was able to play late in the second half after resting most of the match.
Guam’s first goal came in the 8th minute which got Guam to within 2 goals of the lead(3-1) but that was as close as it would get as Hong Kong used its size and speed to run away with the match.
Joshua Mendiola sent a cross that just missed Nathan Camacho’s header attempt but Philip Ogo was perfectly positioned as he sent a low liner that beat the keeper short-sided and left of the goal.
Jared Pangindian completed the scoring for Guam with only a few minutes left in the match as he sent a long distance shot just inside the half line that caught the keeper out of position and unable to make the save.
Other scores on Day 3, Taipei 3-0 Macau and DPR Korea 22-0 NMI.
Information from a press release.