Guam – Bud Light Women’s Soccer League newcomer Elizabeth Smith immediately made her presence known in her first league match yesterday at the Guam Football Association facility in Harmon.
Smith and the short-handed Pretzel Maker Bombers held the dck Masters to only two goals in the shutout loss. The Bombers fielded nine players through much of the first half and 10 in the second with no substitution options to the Masters’ full team.
Despite the disadvantage, Smith, a former goalie for the U.S. Air Force Academy, helped the Bombers stifle the possibility of a scoring barrage by the Masters, denying goals from usual suspects like Rhoda Bamba, Kyung Shipman, and in the second half of the match, Cara Canto. The Bombers’ focus on defense and Smith’s quick hands also kept dck’s leading scorer Michele Madantschi scoreless for about 80 minutes of the game. The Masters’ other goal came from Pauline Toves in the first half.
[The Pretzel Maker Bombers’ Christiana Mendiola dribbles the ball upfield as the dck Masters’ Tracie Brodie looks on to intercept a pass in a Bud Light Women’s Soccer League match yesterday]
With the win, dck moves up to 3-1, while the Bombers fall to 0-4.
In other women’s league matches, Guam Shipyard picked up its first win with a 5-1 victory over Guahan.com. Shipyard’s Gemma Datuin scored twice and teammates Demi Rae Shimizu, Deidre Weakley and Alyssa Benito scored the other three goals. Tiffany Tallada scored Guahan.com’s only goal.
Hyundai stays on top of the league rankings with an 8-0 shutout of Pika SC. Arisa Recella was able to squeeze in a third goal for a hat trick before the final whistle and teammate Olivia Flores knocked in two for Hyundai. Raven Aguon, Ashley Besagar and Jasmine Banks scored Hyundai’s other goals. Flores currently leads the league in scoring with 8 goals in five matches.
The Orange Crushers remain undefeated with a 5-2 win over Quality Distributors. Despite playing without team-leading scorer Kristin Thompson, Kimberly Sherman and Tayler Kukes easily stepped in, scoring two goals each for the Crushers. Andrea Odell scored the Crushers’ other goal. Quality earned goals from Paige Surber and Philana Lopez.
In Division I play in the Budweiser Men’s Soccer League, it was a goalkeepers’ duel in the late game pitting league leader Quality Distributors and Cars Plus FC. The two teams battled to a scoreless draw in a very physical and fast-paced game.
With Guam Shipyard’s 3-2 loss in an earlier match to Fuji Ichiban Espada FC, Cars Plus needed a win to officially usurp second place in the rankings. Although Shipyard and Cars Plus currently are tied in league points, Shipyard still holds the second-place spot over Cars Plus based on ranking rules.
Fuji Ichiban’s Christian Schweizer scored twice and Brandon Johnson scored the team’s other goal in their contest against Shipyard. Schweizer’s two goals put him tied for third in the league’s top goal scorers’ rankings with 13 goals.
In other matches, Guahan ICRC defeated the Paintco Strykers 3-2 with two goals from Luis Quichocho and another by Cheyne Robles. Gray Gray and Hiro Asoshina scored for the Strkyers.