Guam – The Wings Red made a valiant comeback to defeat Quality Distributors Blue 4-3 in a U12 match in the Cars Plus Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League yesterday at the Guam Football Association facility in Harmon.
With his team down 2-1 after halftime, the Wings’ Preston Boynton quickly knotted the game in the opening minutes of the second half on a shot from the right side that escaped Quality keeper Taka Ward.
Quality was determined to re-gain the lead following a handful of shots on goal from Eddie Huang and An Truong, but it would be the Wings to break the tie. Midway through the deciding half, the Wings’ Ryo Suzuki tapped in a shot with the outside of his foot after connecting on a cross from the left side from his teammate.
[Qualityy Distributors Blue’s An Truong steals the ball away from a Wings Red defender in a U12 match of the Cars Plus Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association turf mini-pitch in Harmon]
Within minutes, the game was tied again, this time on a follow-up shot from Truong, after Huang’s direct kick was blocked by the Wings’ goalkeeper.
With less than three minutes left to play, the Wings were awarded a penalty kick after a handball violation was called on Quality near the goal. Suzuki capitalized on the opportunity, quickly sending his shot to the far left side. Although Ward was able to get his hand on the ball, it spun backward and found the back of the net.
“I was really happy to score the (game-deciding) goal,” Suzuki, a 6th grader at Harvest Christian Academy, said. “I didn’t expect it to go in because the goalkeeper was there stopping the ball – their goalkeeper was really good.”
Nuri Hyun scored the other goal for the Wings Red in the first half. Huang scored Quality’s two goals in the first half.
In other U12 matches, the Wings Black team beat Quality Red 5-3, the Orange Crushers defeated Community First Blue 4-1, Strkyers Blue beat Community First Gold 5-1 and the Wolverines shut out the Piranhas.
In U16 matches on the turf pitch, the Samurai Heat defense, led by goalkeeper Lawrence Duane Chargualaf, was able to deny most of the Guam U14 national team shots, but still conceded the match 4-2 to their younger opponents. Jeffrey Ho struck twice for the U14 nationals, and teammates Jake Benito and Devin Hua scored the other two goals. Riley Taijeron and Carmela Tyquiengco scored for the Heat.
Playing matches against older opponents is part of the the U14 boys national team preparation for the upcoming AFC U14 Festival of Football in Beijing China next month. In order to make the trip to China, the team has been fundraising, including holding a lucky draw for cash prizes and other prizes from Fiesta Resort Guam, Paradise Auto Spa, East Island Tinting, Marc Jacobs, Samurai restaurant, Table 35, Jamaican Grill, Quality Distributors, Tango Theatres and ComPacific. Through ticket sales, the team was able to raise close to $8,000. In the drawing held yesterday, D. Cabe won the $250 cash prize and Journie Escobar won the $500 grand prize.
In other U16 matches, the Strykers squeaked past Wings Black 10-9, the Wolverines defeated the Sidekicks 4-1 and Wings Red beat Tumon 5-2.
The Guam U13 girls national team, the Kicker Sisters, battled to a 3-3 draw against the Wolverines in the U14 division. In other matches, the Sidekicks defeated Community First 7-1 and both the Cobras and Strykers blanked their opponents.
In the Girls U17 division, the ASC Islanders defeated Quality 4-1 and the Samurai Heat outplayed the Guahan Explosions 10-1.