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THE Guam Football Association National Training Center continues to be a very busy venue for action on the pitch.
In division one of the Budweiser Men's Soccer League, Quality Distributors took on Table 35 Espada FC in a match between two unbeaten teams. After a back and forth battle, neither team was able to extend their win streak and had to settle for a 2-2 tie.
Quality’s Aaron Scott got things going offensively as he scored the early goal to take a 1-nil lead. Not satisfied with their one-goal lead, Scott Spindel added another for Quality, allowing them to take a two-goal lead. At sound of the halftime whistle, Espada FC trailed Quality 2-0.
After returning from the short break, Alan Jamison ended his team's drought and recorded Espada FC’s first goal in the 52nd minute. Then, 20 minutes later, a Thaddeus Atalig goal made things interesting after equalizing the game.
Quality keeper Brett Maluwelmeng recorded a few key saves in the last 20 minutes of play and his team’s defense also shut down the league’s leading scorer Elias Merfalen to salvage the draw.
In other Division I games, Guam Shipyard blanked Doosan FC 3-0 with two late goals from Ashton Surber and one from Donald Weakley.
The Southern Cobras settled for a 4-4 draw with the Paintco Strykers.
The Cobras held the slim 4-3 advantage with less than five minutes in the game, but a defensive foul cost them, as the resulting goal from the Strykers’ Jan-Willem Staman knotted the game before the final whistle. Staman led all scorers with a hat trick and teammate Edoardo Regno added one goal. Austin Cruz, Eddie Lorenzo, Jeremy Copple and Gerard Aguon scored for the Cobras.
In Division II, Big Blue and United FC Vipers battled to a 1-1 draw. United FC’s Antonio Prieto scored in the 21st minute and three minutes later, Napu Mesa scored for Big Blue.
The Rovers continued its winning ways with a 6-1 victory over the FC Shotguns. Take Inoue led all scorers with a hat trick and teammate Jeremy Hare scored twice for the Rovers. Nhiem Le scored the Rovers’ other goal. Stuart Olson scored the Shotguns’ lone goal in the 88th minute.
The Crushers lived up to their name with a 10-2 victory over Xtra Krispy FC. The Crushers’ Josh Pangelinan scored a hat trick in the first half and teammates Shawn Spindel and Alfred Agahan each scored twice in the contest. The Crushers’ other goals came from Franklin Castro, Ryan Shipman and Jonathan Guerrero.
In the league’s other Week 3 Division II game, the Sidekicks defeated the Pago Bay Disasters 10-1. Corey Chamberlain and Gregorio Borja scored twice for the Sidekicks and teammates Thomas Calvo, Merwin Quichocho, Michael Sgro, Nicholas Santos, Jerick Cruz and Joe Santos each scored once in the victory. Roke Matanane’s goal in the 90th minute prevented a Sidekicks shutout.
League action resumes Nov. 16 following the conclusion of the AFC U16 Women’s Football Championship qualifier tournament. The FC Shotguns will be taking on the Ambassadors at 9 p.m. Nov. 16 in Division II action.