Guam – Guam’s U14 Boys national team settled for a 2-2 draw with Macau on the final day of play in the 2012 AFC U14 Boys Festival of Football at the National Football Training Center in Beijing, China Sunday.
Macau played catch-up to Guam for the duration of the game. Guam broke the scoring ice for both teams in the 12th minute when Joshua Lujan took a right side cross and sent his shot to the back of the net amid defensive traffic near the goal. Guam shut down Macau for the rest of the 30-minute half, not allowing any shots on goal for the opposing team.
A defensive mistake by Guam led to Macau finding an open shot from the right side to even the score in the 42nd minute. Unfazed by the tied score, Thomas Law took a pass from Devin Hua and knocked in his shot to move Guam up 2-1 in the 45th minute.
[Thomas Law puts on defensive pressure on a player from Macau in the 2012 AFC U14 Boys Festival of Football at the National Football Training Center in Beijing, China.]
Two minutes later, Macau took full advantage of a free kick awarded to them after a pushing foul was called on Guam about 20 yards out. Macau’s shot had enough arch to sneak into the goal to tie the game again. From there, both teams scrambled on both sides of the field to get into position for an additional goal, but time ran out for both teams.
“I thought we had a good chance at winning after scoring the second goal for Guam,” said Thomas Law, a midfielder who played for the Strykers soccer club in the recently concluded Cars Plus Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League. “Overall though, the festival was a great experience. I’d like to continue to make it onto Guam’s national team so I can travel and play with the team against countries in the region.”
The Northern Mariana Islands finished their final day of play with a 9-0 loss to DPR Korea and in the late-morning game, the team battled to a draw against Mongolia.
Following the day’s last matches, all teams participated in a closing ceremony, where each participant was presented a certificate of participation. Also receiving certificates of participation were regional coaches that participated in a two-week long coaching course to earn a “C” License if selected by their course instructor. Regional referees participating in a referee training course in the hope of getting noticed for Project Future, a fast-track program to become a FIFA referee, were also recognized at the closing ceremony. Guam sent two coaches, Joshua Borja and J.R. Campos to the festival for the coaching course, and one referee, Shawn Spindel, for the referee training course.
The Guam delegation leaves Beijing Monday and returns home early Tuesday morning.