Guam – Six weeks into the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League, rookie referee Nicole Pierce is enjoying her new officiating role at the U10 level and hopes to gain the necessary experience to be promoted.
“I’m really enjoying being a referee, with the exception of getting dark being out in the sun,” said Pierce, a 16-year-old student at Harvest Christian Academy. “Learning the rules to play the game is completely different from learning the rules and having to enforce them in a match. I am learning even more about the game through refereeing.”
[The Wings Red’s Agustin Choi takes a shot on goal in a Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League U17A match against the Strykers at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Choi scored twice in his team’s victory over the Strykers.]
Pierce is part of a group of new referees in Guam Football Association’s Referee Development program, supported by the Japan Football Association and spearheaded locally by Simie Willter and Rhoda Bamba, under the supervision of GFA referee instructor George Stewart. Pierce officiated her first match just this fall season and in Week 6, was assigned to two back-to-back U10 matches. A promotion would elevate her to officiate U12 matches, which include an offside rule among other additional regulations with the older age group. Pierce also plays for the ASC Trust Islanders Asut team in the U17B division of the youth league.
In Week 6 U17A division matches, the Southern Cobras edged the Sidekick SC 5-4. A brace by Keith Surber led the winning team and teammates Ryan Teologo, Napu Topasna and Ken Sekine also scored. The Sidekick SC was led by Kayla Kinney’s hat trick. Kinney’s brother Dalton scored the Sidekick SC’s other goal. Cedric Sevilla, Jeffrey Ho, Ryan Quitugua, A.J. Root, Phillip Ogo, Jared Collado, Austin Cardines and Joshua Cepeda all scored in the ASC Trust Islanders Betde’s 11-5 win over the Wolverines. Chris Mallada finished with a hat trick for the Wolverines and teammate Jestin Escobar scored twice. Gen Fudo, Isiah Lagutang and Agustin Choi all scored multiple goals in the Wings Red’s victory over the Strykers. Kaito Inoue and Edwin Wong also scored for the Wings Red. Bradley Dickson scored the Strykers’ lone goal. The Wings Red picked up a forfeit victory over the Southern Heat.
[The Southern Heat and the Sidekick SC 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 U14 division matches, the ASC Trust Islanders Betde defeated the Wolverines, with Devan Mendiola leading all scorers with a hat trick. Tristin Guile, Daniel Lanquin, Aubrienne Pangindian, Clarissa Albalos and Todd Pangelinan also added to the Islanders’ tally. Mitchell Champaco scored for the Wolverines. In other matches, Ryan Dimatatac, Michael De Leon, Jesse Rojas, Adryan Gozum and Peter Garland all scored in Community First Dededo Soccer Club’s win over a shorthanded Sidekick SC team. The Strykers blanked Quality Distributors FC 3-0 with Clayton Mitchell’s brace and another goal from Xavier Naputi. The Wings also picked up a win over the ASC Trust Islanders Asut.
In U12A division action, Brianne Leon Guerrero, Michael Lee, Shyann Roberto, Colin Ludwig and Shaun Paul Martinez all scored in the Wolverines’ victory over Quality Distributors FC. Micah Hennegan scored for Quality. The Wings defeated the Tigers 3-1. Kyle Halehale scored twice and teammate Niclas Vavra also scored for the winning team. Michael Chong scored for the Tigers. The Sidekick SC defeated Community First Dededo Soccer Club 5-1 and the Islanders Betde blanked the Islanders Asut.
[The Tigers’ Luke Kim keeps back the Wings FC’s Bradly Lubas to attempt a shot on goal during a U12A division match of the Docomo Pacific Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The Wings defeated the Tigers 3-1.]
Youth league matches continue Saturday, with the final regular season games for competitive divisions before playoff action.