Guam – The Doosan Lady Crushers remain as the only undefeated team in the Bud Light Women’s 11-A-Side Soccer League just two weeks into the fall season after defeating the Lady Rovers 4-1 at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
Both teams, coming off of wins in their season openers, played with high intensity right from the opening whistle. The Lady Crushers caught a break when Maria Abbey Iriarte was taken down in the box to set up a penalty kick opportunity. Iriarte took the kick and sent it past the Rovers’ first-half keeper Cara Canto for the one-goal advantage.
[Hyundai’s Ashley Besagar prepares to send a long pass to a teammate facing defensive pressure from Guam Shipyard’s Aubrey Benito during a Week 2 match of the Bud Light Women’s 11-A-Side Soccer League fall season at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Hyundai and Shipyard battled to a 1-1 draw.]
Iriarte’s teammate, Skyylerblu Johnson, knocked in the eventual game winner and later in the second half, started the build-up play for her team’s third goal. Johnson sent a pass to Colleen Naden sprinting forward on the right side. Naden crossed the ball to Kaeliana Taitano, unmarked on the left side near the goal, for the finish.
Taitano later had a chance for a brace, but kicked the ball high in front of the goal. The ball stayed inbounds and rolled off of a Lady Rovers defender to Johnson, who then scored her second goal of the night. The Lady Rovers scored their goal late in the second half when Niki Perkins managed to get around Lady Crushers keeper Leodith Abinales for the score.
In other matches, the Paintco Lady Strykers defeated Quality Distributors 2-1. Alexy Barbe opened scoring for both teams in the ninth minute after she cut in front of the goal and found space to send her shot past Quality keeper Chyna Ramirez.
[Guam Shipyard’s Destiny Castro makes a run from the midfield against Hyundai during a Week 2 match of the Bud Light Women’s 11-A-Side Soccer League fall season at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Hyundai and Shipyard battled to a 1-1 draw.]
Quality’s Kayla Kinney leveled the match in the 32nd minute after following up on her shot that was initially deflected by Strykers’ keeper Gesualda Gonzalez. The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the 67th minute. Kim Sherman connected on a through pass and took a shot on goal, but Ramirez was there to deflect the shot. Barbe instinctively followed up on the play for the eventual game winner.
Hyundai and Guam Shipyard haven’t yet found the winning combination this season after battling to a 1-1 draw. Even though Guam Shipyard played most of the match with only eight players, Destiny Castro managed to give her team a 1-0 advantage in the 15th minute. Hyundai later equalized in the 63rd minute when Ashley Besagar sent a shot on frame that was pushed up and back unintentionally past the goal line by Shipyard’s keeper.
Women’s league action continues Sunday with Quality Distributors taking on the Lady Rovers at 3 p.m., followed by Guam Shipyard playing against the Lady Crushers at 5 p.m. The Lady Strykers play the 7 p.m. game against Hyundai.
[Quality Distributors’ Kayla Kinney looks for some space in front of the goal for shot against the Paintco Lady Strykers during a Week 2 match of the Bud Light Women’s 11-A-Side Soccer League fall season at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Lady Strykers defeated Quality 2-1.]