Guam – The Guam U13 Girls National Team impressed many of its Southeast Asian opponents in the first-ever AFC U13 Girls Football Tournament, finishing in a respectable fourth place with a 3-2 record.
By Wednesday, Guam was holding onto second place in the tournament, only to be met with defeat on the final day of play against Myanmar in a 3-0 contest. Even though many of the team members had fallen ill with fevers during the last two days of competition, the girls managed to pull through to the final day. Guam’s closing-day loss, coupled with Vietnam’s 1-0 win over Cambodia, created a three-way tie at nine points. Guam dropped down to fourth, as the team’s goal differential was the least among the countries tied with a 3-2 win-loss record.
Myanmar finished in second, earning the spot by defeating Guam and finishing with a goal differential of eight after five days of play. Vietnam slipped past Guam with a goal differential of one, while Guam took fourth place with a goal differential of -1. Both Vietnam and Guam scored a total of seven goals in the tournament, but Vietnam only allowed six compared to Guam’s eight. The Philippines and Cambodia were fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Thailand finished in first place with an unblemished 5-0 record for the tournament. Thailand also finished with a goal differential of 13, scoring 16 goals and allowing only three.
During the tournament, Aubi Pangindian led Guam’s team with three goals scored in five games, scoring twice in Guam’s opening day victory over host country Vietnam and later scored once in Guam’s shutout win over the Philippines. Team captain Skyylerblu Johnson finished the tournament with two goals scored for Guam.
Prior to 2012, the tournament was run in a festival style with emphasis mainly on athletic and tactical development, as well as camaraderie among teams. This is the first year that the U13 Girls teams in the region officially competed for top spots in their group, while various statistics, including goals for and against, were officially recorded and released.
The tournament concludes in time for the U14 National Academy tryouts, which will be held on June 22. The additional grassroots development for various youth age groups through the National Academy program in a consistent training environment will make a positive difference in results at the regional level in future tournaments. All U14 national team members, along with their peers, are urged to try out for the National Academy.
For more information about the U14 National Academy or to register your child to try out for the program, call the Guam Football Association main office at 637-4321.