Harmon, Guam – The Southern Cobras scored three goals in 12 minutes before the final whistle, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Budweiser Soccer League Division I defending champions, Quality Distributors FC, in the teams’ 2013-2014 season opener at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
After falling to a 4-0 deficit in the first half, the Cobras’ Ashton Surber scored his team’s first goal in the 78th minute from just inside the penalty box after taking a pass from David John Cruz. Seven minutes later, Austin Cruz initiated a 1-2 play with Jan Flores and instead of crossing the ball across the goal, Cruz sent his shot past Quality keeper Brett Maluwelmeng. Five minutes later, Eddie Lee Lorenzo beat a Quality defender on a throw-in down the line on the left side and sent the ball to David John Cruz for the score.
Jan-Willem Staman scored three of Quality’s goals in the first half and teammates Aaron Scott and Scott Leon Guerrero added one each for the 5-3 final score.
[Photo: Quality Distributors goalkeeper Brett Maluwelmeng stopped a Southern Cobras through pass intended for Jeremy Copple during an opening week Division I match of the Budweiser Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Quality defeated the Cobras 5-3. Photo by Jill Espiritu.]
In other Division I matches, Guam Shipyard defeated a young Paintco Strykers team 6-2. Donald Weakley and Marcus Lopez each scored twice for Shipyard. Jon Odell and Kristian Cruz, new recruits for the Shipyard team, scored the team’s other two goals. Hiro Asoshina struck first for the Strykers and Michael “Jake” Benito, who also plays on the Sidekick SC’s U17 team in the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth League, scored the Strykers’ other goal.
The newly promoted Rovers DI team edged Table 35 Espada FC 4-3 in the final Division I game of Week 1. Yaw Antwi-Agyei’s brace led all scorers and his Rovers DI teammates Jason Cunliffe and Ian Mariano also scored. Three of Table 35’s U17 players scored the team’s goals – Cedric Sevilla, Donovan Reyes, and Gen Fudo.
In Week 1 Division II action, Doosan FC slipped past the Rovers DII 4-3 with goals from Dustin Alger, Paul Alger, Luis Quichocho and Jeremy Hewitt. Shane Healy, Jeremy Hare and Joseph Kim scored for the Rovers DII. Big Blue edged the Crushers FC 3-2. Kevin Tainatongo and Christopher Mallada combined for Big Blue’s goals. Nicholas Cabuhat and Jaime Ortega scored for the Crushers. The Pago Bay Disasters defeated the FC Shotguns 2-1 with goals from Alvin Merfalen and Jared Meno. Yu Tanabe scored the Shotguns’ lone goal. FC Beercelona defeated Xtra Krispy FC 6-1. Arthur Toves led all scorers with four goals and FC Beercelona teammates Frank Shimizu and Pele Torres also scored. Ricky Jones Auayan scored for Xtra Krispy. The Sidekicks picked up a forfeit win over the Ambassadors.
In Masters Division play, Big Blue’s Pepito Bedia, Jr. scored the only goal in his team’s 1-0 win over the Rovers Masters. Brett Webster, Matthew Elwell, and James “Bob” Kelley scored for IT&E/IP&E in the team’s 3-0 victory over the Paintco Strykers Masters.
Division I and Division II matches continue Friday and through the weekend, with another pair of Division II matches on Monday and Tuesday. Masters Division matches are scheduled on Thursdays. The full Budweiser Soccer League schedule is available online at http://www.guamfa.com/all-leagues-mens-regular-results.