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THE Guam Sports Complex was filled with action-packed soccer games as the 2012 IT&E Men’s Futsal League kicked off on Sunday.
In one of the scheduled games of the day, Guam Shipyard took on the Cobras. Despite a great comeback attempt from the Cobras, Guam Shipyard hung tough and edged out their opponents with an 8-7 victory.
Both teams took it to one another in the first half of play and on almost every possession matched what the other would produce. At the end the first half, Guam Shipyard held on to a slight one goal (4-3) lead.
Returning from the halftime break, Guam Shipyard came out with a different strategy to work against the Cobras. The new plan seemed to work and pay dividends as Guam Shipyard scored three goals in a span of four minutes to increase their lead to 7-3.
The Cobras were finally able to respond a minute later and put a halt to the Guam Shipyard surge when Ashton Surber zipped one past Guam Shipyard’s goalkeeper for the score. Shipyard’s David Manibusan would go on to score the eventual game-winning goal connecting on a loose ball near the goal to put his team up 8-4.
Although Eddie Lorenzo, Austin Cruz and Surber each scored for the Cobras in the next few minutes, the Shipyard defense managed to shut down its opponents even with 13 minutes left to play to claim the small margin of victory.
Surber led all scorers with four goals. Lorenzo, Cruz and Kameron Topasna also scored for the Cobras. Jared Quichocho led Shipyard with two goals, while teammates Donald Weakley, Carlo Unpingco, Christopher Reyes, Ajay Pothen and Manibusan added one goal apiece.
Crushers 4, Doosan FC 3
The Bank of Guam Crushers edged Doosan FC 4-3. Marco Napoli scored twice for the Crushers and teammates Josh Pangelinan and Jaime Ortega scored one each. Natsuki Recella scored twice and Kevin Hashimoto scored once for Doosan.
Strykers 'A' 11, Shotguns 3
The Paintco Strykers “A” team defeated the FC Shotguns 11-3 behind Hiro Asoshina’s four goals. Rico Espinosa scored twice for Paintco and teammates Caleb Barretto, Francis Chargualaf, Randy Santos and Ross Awa also scored for the Strykers. Paintco’s other goal came on an own goal by the Shotguns. Joe Laanan, Andres Gil and Patrick Sherman scored for the Shotguns.
Quality 13, Strykers 'B' 0
In the day’s final game, Quality Distributors blanked the Paintco Strykers “B” team 13-0. Andre Gadia led Quality with a hat trick. Take Inoue and Trevor Santos each scored twice, and teammates Ryan Gordon, Shawn Spindel, Kaito Inoue, Brian Pritchard, Douglas Lauder and Joseph Cruz each scored once in the contest.
Action in the 2012 IT&E Men’s Futsal League continues Friday starting at 6 p.m. with Doosan facing Quality Distributors. The Crushers take on the Strykers “B” team at 7 p.m. and the Cobras play against the Shotguns FC at 8 p.m. The evening’s final match will pit Shipyard against the Strykers “A” team at 9 p.m.