Guam dominates CNMI in 2nd soccer training match | Sports

Guam dominates CNMI in 2nd soccer training match | Sports

THE Guam women’s national soccer team or the Masakada trounced the CNMI 4-0 in their second training match on Thursday in Dededo, Guam.

CNMI assistant coach Mae Ito, in an e-mail, said the match started at 7:30 p.m. and the teams played three sets of 30 minutes with unlimited substitutions.

“It was another intense game,” Ito said. But his time, the Guam squad was stacked with more experienced players compared to the first match on Tuesday which the CNMI won 4-3.

In the first set on Thursday, Guam firmly established control by scoring two goals.

Ito said the CNMI girls kept their heads up and did their best to fight back but the Masakada continued to reign supreme in the second set, eventually notching another goal.

Ito said the CNMI team “was able to build up and had many goal opportunities on the left flank and the center area of the attacking third of the field,” but Guam simply played better defensively and offensively.

In an exchange in the third set, the CNMI lost the goal on a scramble in their penalty box allowing Guam to again score, this time on a rebound ball over the goalkeeper.

“The last match was a great experience for the girls,” Ito said. “They will learn from it and better their skills.”

She added, “We were very successful in the first two training matches and losing one game out of three was still a success for our team.”

The CNMI’s first training match was against the Guam national select team.

The CNMI women’s national team consists of players who  are 14 to 23 years old, making it one of the islands’ youngest women’s national teams.

“It was a successful trip to Guam as this training camp met our objective as a team,” Ito said. “We were also able to evaluate our team’s performance and we see that their hard work, especially during the pandemic, has paid off. We also want to express our  appreciation to the Guam Football Association for accommodating our team’s training camp.”

After the match, the CNMI team had a small get-together dinner with the Guam Football Association as the Commonwealth team thanked their host.

“GFA president Tino San Gil and executive director Cheri Stewart and their staff were always on their toes to assist the CNMI team with any needs,” Ito said. “The CNMI team also wants to thank the NMI Football Association and its president Jerry Tan for their unconditional support for the women’s program and the national team. Thank you again and let’s continue to support women in sports and our CNMI national teams,” Ito added.

On July 26, 2021, it will be the CNMI U18 Boys National Team’s turn to travel to Guam and attend a training camp there.

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