Guam – At the end of the day, things just seemed to fall into place for Fuji Ichiban Espada FC in the Budweiser Men’s Soccer League action SUNDAY at the Guam Football Association facility in Harmon.
Fuji Ichiban officially moved up into second place in the league standings behind perennial leaders Quality Distributors with a combination of the team’s 4-3 win over Guahan ICRC and Guam Shipyard’s 1-1 draw with Quality. Of Fuji Ichiban’s four goals, one was an own goal in the first half.
Fuji Ichiban led 2-0 at the half and then gained a 3-0 advantage in the 52nd minute before Guahan knotted the match with goals from Cheyne Robles, Thomas Medler and Allan Angoco – all within 10 minutes of play. Ramon Ogo later scored the game-deciding goal in the 80th minute in a fairly physical game that saw Fuji Ichiban’s leading scorer, Joe Miller, suspended for the team’s next match. Miller was cautioned with a yellow card violation midway through the second half of the game and then a red card with five minutes left in the game. He scored once in the contest and Fuji Ichiban’s other goal came from David John Cruz.
In the league’s late match, Guam Shipyard needed a win to stay in second place but was denied by Quality. Scott Spindel’s goal in the 40th minute gave Quality a short-lived 1-0 advantage, as Shipyard’s Jake Quichocho scored the equalizer five minutes later. Tension between the rivals heightened in the second half, evidenced by four yellow cards – two for Shipyard and two for Quality – issued in the scoreless half.
Although Fuji Ichiban sits at No. 2 in the standings, the team has a rough road ahead facing Cars Plus, Quality and then Shipyard in its next three matches before the conclusion of the season. Shipyard plays Guahan and the Paintco Strykers, the league’s bottom two, next and then Fuji Ichiban. Although Shipyard is favored statistically, Guahan defeated the higher ranked team in their last meeting 1-0 on Jan. 29 and Shipyard lost to Fuji Ichiban 3-2 on Feb. 12. Shipyard mustered a 1-0 win over the Strykers in their last meeting on Feb. 5. The Strykers’ lone win of the season came on a 2-1 victory over No. 1 Quality on Jan. 29.
In other men’s league matches, Cars Plus defeated the Strykers 10-5. Ryan Baron scored a hat trick by the 29th minute. Jonathan Odell and Shawn Spindel also scored hat tricks in the contest. Ian Mariano scored Cars Plus’ other goal. Gray Gray knocked in two for Paintco and teammates Ross Awa, Jan-Willem Staman and Dominic Hwang scored the Strykers’ other goals.
In the Bud Light Women’s Soccer League, the Orange Crushers have officially taken over the No. 1 spot in the rankings with an eight-goal shutout win over Shipyard. Simie Wilter, Andrea Odell, Shelby Kier, Tatyana Ungacta, Tayler Kukes, Brandy Potter, Kim Sherman, Abbey Iriarte and Kristin Thompson all scored for the Crushers, with Iriarte scoring twice.
The Paintco Lady Strykers earned a 3-0 win over Pika SC. Alexy Barbe scored twice for Paintco and teammate Krystiana Martinez scored the Strykers’ other goal.
The dck Masters finished with a 9-2 win over Guahan.com, led by Camren Kane’s hat trick. Jaime Fahy scored twice and dck teammates Eileen Flanagan, Rhoda Bamba, Cheri Stewart and Kyung Shipman scored one each. Tiffany Tallada scored both goals for Guahan.com.
Marlena Connelley scored twice in Quality’s 2-1 win over the Pretzel Maker Bombers. Julie Mages scored the Bombers’ lone goal.