Guam -Sunday, October 19 – It may have taken some convincing and encouragement from her friends, but after a long, eight-year hiatus from playing soccer, 16-year-old Kiara Chargualaf decided to make 2013 her comeback year.
“My best friends wanted all of us to play on the same team, so that got me to play again,” said Chargualaf, who currently plays for the Southern Heat’s U17 team. “So far, it’s been really fun. I feel more confident on the field. I used to think I wasn’t good enough, but everyone’s motivated me to play again.”
[the Orange Crushers’ Sabrina Kenney races to the ball ahead of a pair of Southern Cobras during a U12B match of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.]
With her experience in the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth League, Chargualaf is contemplating on playing in the IIAAG Girls High School Soccer League for her school’s team, the defending champion Southern High School Dolphins. Chargualaf’s Southern Heat teammate, Francesca Pangelinan is looking to use her experience in the youth league to help improve her game for both the interscholastic league with the George Washington High School Geckos and the women’s league with the Paintco Lady Strykers.
[The Strykers’ Jacob Herring connects on a header from a corner kick against the ASC ISA Islanders Asut during a U14 match of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.]
“I feel like I’m getting better with each youth league match,” said Pangelinan. “Playing with the boys, I know I have to push harder and be more aggressive on the field. This helps me improve overall.”
Chargualaf and Pangelinan joined over 1,000 other young athletes in Week 4 action of the youth league in exceptionally windy conditions.
[The Wings FC and the Strykers play a match in the U6 division of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.]
In the U17A division, the ASC ISA Islanders Betde added another win to its record with a narrow 4-3 edge of the Southern Heat. Phillip Ogo led all scorers with two goals, including one off a header from a Joshua Mendiola cross. Ryan Quitugua also scored for the Islanders. Mymy Simon scored one for the Heat after connecting on a Martina Duenas free kick and teammate Gideon Tyquiengco also added to the Heat’s tally.
In other U17 division matches, the Sidekick SC forced a 1-1 draw with the Strykers with a shot from Michael “Jake” Benito. Desmond Lai scored for the Strykers. The Wolverines edged the Southern Cobras 4-3 behind two goals from Chris Mallada. Jestin Escobar and Jordan Rosario also scored for the Wolverines. Donovan Reyes, Napu Topasna and Joseph Quan scored for the Cobras. In an all-Wings FC match up, the Wings Red and Wings Black battled to a 3-3 draw. Isiah Lagutang struck twice and Wings Red teammate Brian Tsujii also scored. Shashikant Kotwal scored twice for the Wings Black and teammate Sean Evans scored the team’s other goal.
[The Southern Heat’s Kiara Chargualaf and the ASC ISA Islanders Betde’s Joshua Mendiola battle for possession of the ball during a U17A match of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.]
In the U14 division, Clayton Mitchell and Vincent Cruz each scored twice in the Strykers’ shut out win over the Islanders Asut. Anthony Moon and Jacob Herring also scored for the Strykers. The Islanders Betde salvaged a 3-3 draw with last season’s runner-up Community First Dededo Soccer Club. Todd Pangelinan scored twice for the Islanders Betde and Caylani Estoy also scored. Michael De Leon scored twice for Dededo and teammate Peter Garland also scored. A brace by Giancarlo Abril helped the Sidekicks force a 2-2 draw with Quality Distributors. Alan Thomas and An Truong scored for Quality. The Wings continued its winning ways with a 6-0 win over the Wolverines.
[Community First Dededo Soccer Club and the Strykers play a match in the U8 division of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.]
In the U12A division, the Wings defeated the Islanders Asut 5-1. Mark Iseke and Niclas Vavra each scored twice and Kyle Halehale also scored for the Wings. E.J. Reyes scored the Islanders Asut’s lone goal. A late goal from Luke Kim helped the Tigers salvage a 3-3 draw with Community First Dededo Soccer Club. Yu Chan and Matthew Park also scored for the Tigers. Dededo’s Jericho Snaer scored on a long-distance strike from near the center line and teammates Deanna Blas and Tyler Hilliard also scored for Dededo. In other U12A matches, the Islanders Betde blanked Quality 3-0 and the Sidekicks edged the Wolverines 2-1.
[The Sidekick SC’s Michael “Jake” Benito muscles his way to gain control of the ball near the goal as a pair of Strykers defenders try to stop him during a U17A match of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.]
Youth league matches continue Saturday.