Guam – In Saturday’s early match, Cars Plus FC blanked the Big Blue Masters team 16-0. The men’s tournament continues Saturday with one 7 p.m. match before taking a break for Easter Sunday.
The Rovers FC made history by becoming the first Masters team to successfully advance in a GFA Cup tournament. The Rovers, champions of the Masters division of the Budweiser Men’s Soccer League, defeated Doosan FC, a Division II team, 4-1. Randy Allen and Carlos Barajas scored twice each for the winning team, while Daun Jeong scored Doosan’s lone goal in the second half. The Rovers next play Fuji Ichiban Espada FC, a Division I team, on April 22. Fuji Ichiban defeated the Paintco Strykers Masters team 11-0 to set up meeting with the Rovers.
The Rovers FC Division II team was not as lucky as their Masters counterparts, losing to Guam Shipyard 3-1on Saturday. Aaron Jackson, Christopher Reyes and Donald Weakley scored for Shipyard and Keigo Kitadate scored the Div. II Rovers FC’s lone goal.
Hyundai and the Orange Crushers punched their tickets to the Gold Championship finals of the inaugural Beck’s Women’s GFA Cup following yesterday’s wins against the Paintco Lady Strykers and dck Masters, respectively.
In the early evening game, Hyundai sent Paintco to the tournament’s lower bracket with a convincing 6-1 win, a better showing than the team’s 1-1 draw in an earlier meeting in the Bud Light Women’s Soccer League.
[Lady Strykers’ clash in attempt to the win the ball off a header in a semifinal match of the inaugural Beck’s Women’s GFA Cup yesterday at the Guam Football Association facility in Harmon]
The Lady Strykers had difficulty finding shots against Hyundai in the first half and by the 35-minute mark, had fallen behind 0-3. To add insult to injury, Paintco was called on a hand-ball violation in the box near the close of the first half, setting up Shana Spindel for a penalty kick. Spindel put her team up 4-0 on a successful shot to the left corner of the goal against Paintco’s first half goalkeeper, Christina Duenas.
Paintco started firing early in second half starting with Francesca Pangelinan’s shot that was just wide on the right side. A minute later, Duenas, relieved of her goalkeeping duties, blasted a shot from about 25 yards out. Hyundai’s Christina Hecita was able to leap just high enough to block the shot and knock it out of play. On the ensuing corner kick, Duenas had a chance to tap in the ball into the left corner of the goal, but was unable to get full control of the ball amid Hyundai traffic.
Paintco later managed to get on board in the 56th minute when Alexy Barbe caught Hyundai’s goalkeeper, Jena Cruz, out of the box and sent her shot in from the right side. The Lady Strykers had a few more shots near the close of the game but could not find the back of the net before the final whistle.
Hyundai’s Olivia Flores finished the match with a hat trick, while teammates Jasmine Banks, Ashley Besagar and Spindel added a goal each in the win.
Hyundai is set to face the Orange Crushers in the championship game April 15 at 7 p.m. The Crushers survived an early scare by the dck Masters, but triumphed with a 2-1 win to play for the inaugural title.
The Masters found themselves with a 1-0 advantage after Kyung Shipman tapped in the ball mishandled by Crushers defenders from a dck corner kick in the early part of the first half. After the Crushers’ Kim Sherman kicked in a goal to knot the game, both teams would partake in a see-saw battle that included a handful of saves and a few missed opportunities through most of the second half.
It wasn’t until minutes near the end of the game that the Crushers would break the 1-1 tie. Kristin Thompson sprinted close to 40 yards to chase down a forward pass down the right side and managed to send a perfect cross to Tayler Kukes, who scored the eventual game-winning goal.