Guam – (Sunday, October 27) – First-time soccer player Casey Howard Zinser may have started playing the sport late, but he’s having just as much fun as the rest of his teammates in the U17B division of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
“My friends asked me to join soccer,” said Zinser, a 15-year-old Father Duenas Memorial School sophomore and a member of the ASC Trust Islanders Apaka U17B team. “Not ever playing the sport, I didn’t really like it, but now that I’m playing, it’s actually more fun that I thought. I’m having a lot of fun so far.”
Zinser missed tryouts for the Friars soccer team this year, but hopes to gain experience through the youth league to make the team in the future. Zinser’s ASC Trust Islanders Apaka teammate, Marco Jacob, did make the Friars soccer team as a freshman and looks forward to playing in the upcoming IIAAG Boys High School Interscholastic League.
[The Wings FC’s Ritsuki Umeda makes his way to the goal ahead of Strykers defenders in a U14 match of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Wings FC defeated the Strykers 2-0.]
“I think playing in the youth league will help me in the interscholastic league,” said Jacob. “I’m expecting the high school league matches to be more rough and more competitive for sure. I know I need some work (to move up to that level of play).”
In Week 5 of the youth league, the U17 defending champions, the ASC Trust Islanders Betde, picked up a 3-1 win over the Wings Black. Kristian Martinez, Austin Cardines, and Phillip Ogo scored for the Islanders. Phillip Caguioa scored for the Wings Black.
[The Southern Cobras’ Donovan Reyes and the Wings FC’s Cain Takasu battle for control of the ball during a U17A match of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Wings defeated the Cobras 8-5.]
In other U17A matches, the Wings Red defeated the Southern Cobras 8-5. Isiah Lagutang led the Wings Red with a hat trick and teammates Brian Tsujii, Edwin Wong and Agustin Choi also scored to round out the winning team’s tally. Donovan Reyes led the Cobras with a hat trick. Jeric Navarro and Seth Surber also scored for the Cobras. The Wolverines beat the Sidekick SC 6-2 behind two goals each from Napu Mesa and Jestin Escobar. Chris Mallada and Lyle Quintanilla also scored for the Wolverines. Michael “Jake” Benito and Dalton Kinney scored the Sidekick SC’s goals. The Strykers managed a 2-2 draw against the Southern Heat. Desmond Lai and Bradley Dickson scored for the Strykers and Riley Taijeron and Gideon Tyquiengco scored for the Heat.
In the U14 division, the Islanders Betde scored three second half goals to drop the Sidekick SC 4-1. Todd Pangelinan, Luke Reeder, Aubrienne Pangindian, and Noah Duenas scored for the Islanders. Tomas Calvo scored for the Sidekick SC.
[The Sidekick SC and the Wolverines play in a U6 match of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.]
In other matches, Kennedy Macatuno, Joshua Reyes, Peter Garland, Ryan Dimatatac, Michael De Leon, Isaiah Hilliard, Jesse Rojas and Ariya Cruz all scored in Community First Dededo Soccer Club’s shut out win over the Islanders Asut. The current U14 division leaders, the Wings, added another win to its record, a 2-0 victory over the Strykers. Jordan Jasmin scored an early goal for the Wings and teammate Ritsuki Umeda scored later off a diving header from an Inochi Recella cross. Quality Distributors edged the Wolverines 3-2 with goals from Mason Caldwell, Harmony Yatar, and Sam Larkin. Randi Jo Paulino and Mitchell Champaco scored for the Wolverines.
In the U12A division, Niclas Vavra scored the equalizer in the Wings’ 1-1 draw with the Wolverines. Shaun Paul Martinez scored for the Wolverines. The Islanders Betde continue its undefeated streak with an 8-2 win over Dededo. Mia San Nicolas scored four goals and teammate Shawn Sablan scored twice. Marley Cruz and Emma Naval also scored for the Islanders Betde. Joey Green and Diether Messner scored for Dededo. Quality defeated the Islanders Asut 1-0 and the Tigers picked up a 3-1 win over the Sidekick SC.
Matches continue Saturday with 8 a.m. matches in the U17A, U14 and U12B divisions. A complete schedule of all divisions is online at GuamFA.com/all-leagues-youth-fall-results.
[The ASC ISA Islanders Apaka’s Casey Howard Zinser battles for possession of the ball during a U17B match against Community First Dededo Soccer Club of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.]