Crushers Climb to 2nd Place in Land Shark Beach Soccer League

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Guam – A successful Week 3 outing helped catapult the Crushers FC to second place going into the final weeks of the 2013 Land Shark Beach Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center beach court.

The Crushers, who had dropped two games in Week 2 to settle into fourth place for the week, defeated the Pago Bay Disasters 11-8 and forced a 6-6 draw with Doosan FC to move into the silver position on the league leaderboard behind Quality Distributors FC.

[Pago Bay Disasters’ Alvin Merfalen, current leader in most goals scored, gets in a position to send the ball forward to a teammate facing defensive pressure from the Crushers FC’s Jonathan Bugarin in a Week 3 match of the 2013 Land Shark Beach Soccer League. The Crushers defeated Pago Bay 11-8.]

The Crushers FC had a little help from the Disasters in their 3 p.m. matchup, as two Pago Bay own goals help the eventual winners gain an 8-6 lead at the end of the second period. An Albert Toves goal from midcourt pushed the Crushers ahead to a 9-6 lead to start the third period, but moments later, Ray Blas connected on a throw from Disasters’ goalkeeper Seabrook Bizzle to keep his team’s deficit to just two goals. Five minutes later, the Crushers’ Chris Comerford intercepted a Disasters’ back pass and finished the play for the 10-7 advantage. Later, the Crushers’ Jon Odell was called on a foul against Pago Bay’s Gavin Santos, who was attempting a bicycle kick for goal in the penalty area. Santos made good on his ensuing penalty kick to get his team back within two at 10-8. The Crushers’ Joshua Pangelinan scored on the ensuing kick off for the final 11-8 score. 

[The Paintco Strykers’ Takefumi Inoue sends a pass before Quality Distributors FC’s Kaito Inoue, who also is his son, can get to the ball in a Week 3 match of the 2013 Land Shark Beach Soccer League. Quality Distributors defeated the Strykers 10-7.]

The Disasters’ Alvin Merfalen led all scorers with four goals. Teammates Ray Blas and Gavin Santos each scored twice for Pago Bay. Jon Odell led the Crushers with a hat trick. Teammates Chris Comerford and Joshua Pangelinan scored twice in the contest. Two Disasters own goals plus a goal each from Toves and Bryan Donker rounded out the Crushers’ scoring tally.

In other games, Quality Distributors FC remains as the only undefeated team in the league after picking up a pair of wins against the Paintco Strykers 10-7 and the Disasters 9-4.

Against the Strykers, Quality’s Ryota Nault finished with a double hat trick. A Strykers own goal and goals from Mark Chargualaf and Kaito Inoue rounded out Quality’s scoring tally. Shawn Spindel and Jarrod Reyes each scored twice for the Strykers and teammates Camden Aguon, Natsuki Recella and FJ Chargualaf also scored. In the match against the Disasters, Quality’s David Cruz finished with a hat trick. Imry Campbell and James Bush each scored twice and Inoue and Nault each scored once for the winning team. Santos scored twice for Pago Bay. Blas and Merfalen also scored for the Disasters.

In the last game of the day, a Doosan FC own goal in the final seconds of play forced a 6-6 draw with the Crushers FC. Comerford scored twice for the Crushers and teammates Travis Onderko, Severino Urbano and Jon Odell each contributed a goal. Cheyne Robles finished with a hat trick for Doosan. Teammates Allan Angoco, Cameron Lunod and Luis Quichocho also scored for Doosan. 

[The Paintco Strykers’ Takefumi Inoue attempts a bicycle kick for goal as Quality Distributors FC’s goalkeeper, Robby De Guzman and Mark Chargualaf keep their attention on the play in a Week 3 match of the 2013 Land Shark Beach Soccer League.. The play was unsuccessful and De Guzman was able to grab the ball. Quality Distributors defeated the Strykers 10-7.]

Merfalen, who scored five goals for Pago Bay in two games in Week 3, takes sole possession of first place in the league’s Golden Boot race with 11 total goals, followed by Angoco, Aguon and Nault in a three-way tie for second place with nine goals each.

Beach soccer action continues Sunday at 2 p.m. featuring the Disasters against the Strykers, followed by Quality against Doosan. Quality plays again at 4 p.m. against the Crushers FC, followed by Doosan taking on the Strykers for the last match of the day.