Guam -Once the final whistle blew to conclude the day’s U12 division matches of The Score’s “Just Kick It” All-Girls Event and FIFA Festival for Girls, all U12 players, regardless of club teams, gathered at the Guam Football Association mini-pitch’s center circle and excitedly exclaimed, “1-2-3, no boys allowed!”
Moments before the event’s Week 4 matches, the U12 team coaches briefly met to discuss realigning teams to even out the competition for more enjoyable matches.
“The coaches split us up – there was one group with National Academy or youth national team girls and another group with the new girls,” said 12-year-old Brianne Leon Guerrero. “From the two groups, the coaches and referee then assigned us letters A, B, and C. We played in the team we were assigned to – I think it was more fun with the different teams.”
[Emma Naval, in red FIFA bib, takes the ball to the goal during a U12 division match of The Score’s “Just Kick It” All-Girls Event and FIFA Festival for Girls at the Guam Football Association National Training Facility.]
“It also gave us more experience playing with other people who aren’t usually our teammates,” said 11-year-old Emma Naval, Leon Guerrero’s teammate for the day. “I liked it – I liked hanging out with my other friends from the other teams.”
The “no boys allowed” cheer?
“That was Coach Joe (Roberto)’s idea,” Leon Guerrero said with a laugh.
[Brianne Leon Guerrero, in red FIFA bib, passes the ball to a teammate as an opposing team defender begins to approach her during a U12 division match of The Score’s “Just Kick It” All-Girls Event and FIFA Festival for Girls at the Guam Football Association National Training Facility.]
With the all-girls event coming to a close Saturday with its final week of matches, the girls are eager to begin playing in the 2013 Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League, slated to kick off Sept. 21. Leon Guerrero, a student at St. Francis School, will play for the Wolverines and Naval, a student at Commander William C. McCool Elementary/Middle School will play for the ASC ISA Islanders.
While the U12 girls played their matches on the mini-turf, the U8, U10 and U14 teams also played their matches on the lower turf pitch. After the younger age groups completed their matches, the U17 teams took the spotlight.
Quality Distributors FC defeated the Southern Heat 4-2 in the day’s sole official U17 division match. Quality was led by Jessie Flynn’s two goals and one from Harmony Yatar. Quaity’s other goal came on a Heat own goal. Alyssandra Cruz and Kami Cruz scored for the Heat.
The All-Girls event concludes Sept. 14 with the last round of matches in all age divisions. Food and drinks will be sold at a concession stand with proceeds benefitting Guam’s U16 national teams set to travel later this month to tournaments.
[Teams play in a U8 division match of The Score’s “Just Kick It” All-Girls Event and FIFA Festival for Girls at the Guam Football Association National Training Facility.]