Okkodo, Guam- The Simon Sanchez High School Sharks finished their Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam Girls High School Soccer League season on a positive note, dropping northern school rival Okkodo High School 3-1 at Okkodo.
With both teams playing an equally aggressive defensive game for the majority of the first half, the Sharks finally caught a break when a handball violation in the box was called on the Bulldogs, setting up a penalty kick opportunity for the Yigo school. The Sharks’ Maria Abbey Iriarte successfully knocked in her shot to the left corner for the game’s lone first-half goal.
[Photo: Simon Sanchez High School’s Kiara Toves tries to beat Okkodo High School defender Chyna Ramirez (22) to the ball for a shot near the goal in an Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam Girls High School Soccer League match at Okkodo. The Sharks defeated their northern school rivals 3-1.]
Minutes into the second half, the Sharks earned another valuable shot opportunity when a high kick violation on the Bulldogs was called just outside the penalty box. Iriarte completed her brace, sending in the ensuing free kick into the net over the Bulldogs’ goalkeeper to give her team the 2-0 advantage.
Moments later, the Sharks struck again when Angel Joseph followed up teammate Lana Lopez’s blocked shot to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs, however, denied the Sharks a clean sheet late in the half on a goal by Jennifer Domaoal for the final 3-1 score.
The league’s top eight teams will advance into the playoffs, which begin Thursday. The semifinals, scheduled for May 14, and the championship game, scheduled for May 17, will be played at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
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