Strykers hand defending champs Quality loss in elite soccer opener
The Bank of Guam Strykers dealt defending U18 division champions Quality Distributors FC a 5-0 loss to begin its 2017 Fall season bid in the Aloha Maid Minetgot Cup Elite Youth League at the Guam Football Association National Training Center Monday evening.
The Strykers set the tone early on offense, earning two corner kicks in just the first five minutes of play. Despite the constant attack, Quality managed to quell most attempts by the winning team through to the 42nd minute, when Clayton Mitchell buried the first of his three goals in the contest. Teammate Xavier Naputi followed up with another goal that escaped the reach of Quality keeper Taka Ward two minutes later for the 2-0 halftime score.
Micah Hennegan scored the Strykers’ other goal in his U18 division debut, finishing a header assist from Mitchell three minutes into the second half.
The Strykers avenged a 5-2 loss to Quality in the semifinals of the league’s 2017 Spring season. Quality, ranked No. 3 at that time, went on to win the Spring championship with a 3-1 win over Wings Red.
The U18 division continues Thursday evening featuring a 7 p.m. fixture between the division’s newest teams in the league: the ASC Trust Islanders and the Tigers. The other team in the division, 2017 Spring season runner up Wings, received a bye in the first week of play.
The U18 division schedule, as well as the schedules for the U13 and U15 divisions of the Minetgot Cup are available online at http://www.guamfa.com/all-leagues-youth-fall-results
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