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(GFA) – The boys are back in town and picking up where they left off last season.
A total of 31 goals were scored during the opening weekend of the Budweiser Guam Men’s Soccer League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
Ashton Surber had a stellar showing in his debut with the Division I Guam Shipyard team, contributing a hat trick within the first 30 minutes of the game in his new team’s 4-1 win over the Painto Strykers Sunday.
Surber had opportunities to score even more in the first half, but had two goals recalled because he was deemed off-side. He later sat himself out of the game early in the second half. Christopher Santos iced Shipyard’s cake in the second half with a goal in the 69th minute of play.
The Strykers earned its lone goal in the 78th minute when a defensive error by Shipyard allowed Jan-Willem Staman to go one-on-one with Shipyard keeper Kalen Lizama, who was drawn out on the play. Staman lobbed his shot over Lizama and into the goal to prevent a Shipyard shutout.
In other Division I games, Quality Distributors survived a scare by the newly promoted Southern Cobras team and prevailed 5-4. Quality held a slim 3-2 lead at halftime, but the Cobras gained the upper hand by the 62nd minute behind goals from Sydney Talledo and Eddie Lorenzo. Quality managed to fight back with less than 15 minutes left on the game clock as Scott Spindel, one of last season’s Golden Boot winners, completed his hat trick in the 76th minute to knot the game. Three minutes later, Matt Cruz scored the eventual game-winning goal. Jan Flores scored the Cobras’ first-half goals.
In Division II action, the Coffee Beanery United FC Vipers needed just about the entire first half to figure out Xtra Krispy FC, one of the league’s newest teams, and won 5-0 in the opening game of the league Friday evening.
Sora Recella scored the lone goal in the first half in the 45th minute and later scored again in the 63rd minute. Antonio Prieto added two goals to United FC’s tally in the 49th and 88th minutes. Phillip Ogo scored United FC’s other goal in the 59th minute off a free kick on the right side he sent directly to the upper corner of the opposite post.
In other Division II games, the Ambassadors blanked the Disasters 3-0, with goals from Wil Darling, Nick Cabuhat, and Jeff Mindo Saturday.
In Sunday’s Division II games, Big Blue defeated the Calvo’s Insurance Sidekicks 4-1 behind goals from Jerren Lizama, Bucky Brennan, Shawn Gumataotao and Derrick Cruz. Thomas Calvo scored the lone goal for the Sidekicks in the 6th minute.
The Crushers earned a win in its opening game of the season against the FC Shotguns, 3-1.
Ricky Quan struck first for the Crushers and about 15 minutes later, a Yuki Kuba sprint toward the goal resulted in the game equalizer for the FC Shotguns. The Crushers’ Jaime Ortega later scored the eventual game-winner when he flicked the ball back with his head toward the goal on a corner kick play. Joshua Pangelinan scored four minutes later, making his way toward the goal unopposed, as the FC Shotguns defensive line looked at the sideline for an off-side call but did not get one.
Men’s league action continues Tuesday with a Division I game between Fuji Ichiban Espada FC and Doosan FC, a new team made up mostly of players from the now-disbanded Guahan ICRC team from last season.