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Guam Shipyard goalkeeper Kalen Lizama (in green) leaps in an attempt to intercept a pass meant for Quality Distributors' Scott Spindel near the goal during a Division I match. (courtesy photo)

Guam Shipyard goalkeeper Kalen Lizama (in green) leaps in an attempt to intercept a pass meant for Quality Distributors’ Scott Spindel near the goal during a Division I match. (courtesy photo)

PRESS RELEASE – A big 4-3 win by Quality Distributors over Guam Shipyard Tuesday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center catapulted the winning team to first place in the Budweiser Soccer League Division I Week 9 standings and dropped the losing team to a tie for second place with Table 35 Espada FC.

The classic rivalry started off in Shipyard’s favor, as the team held on to a 1-0 advantage off an Aaron Jackson goal in the 10th minute through to half time. The tides turned in the second half, starting just a minute into the half when Shipyard’s Marcus Lopez was called on a handball violation in the penalty box to prompt a penalty kick opportunity for Quality.

Scott Spindel sent his shot to the right post past a diving Kalen Lizama to equalize the match. Three minutes later, Quality earned a 2-1 lead on a Matt Cruz follow-up finish to Spindel’s initial shot attempt. Spindel scored twice more in the next 20 minutes of the game to give his team a commanding 4-1 advantage.

Shipyard still had some fight left, chipping away at Quality’s lead with an Ashton Surber goal in the 77th minute, and three minutes later, an Ajay Pothen’s header for goal off a cross from the right side. Despite the late surge by Shipyard, Quality was able to hold on through to the final whistle. Spindel’s hat trick helped him back up to the top of Golden Boot race, now tied with Surber at 19 goals each so far for the season.

In other Division I matches, Christian Schweizer scored a pair of goals in Table 35’s 4-1 win over the Southern Cobras. Donovan Merfalen and TJ Atalig also scored for Table 35, while Jeremy Copple was credited with the Cobras’ lone goal. The Paintco Strykers were able to stave off a win-hungry Doosan FC 5-4. Jan-Willem Staman scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute, adding to goals from Julio Gonzales, Derrick Bender, Jonathan Archibald and Andres Gil. Anthony Manibusan scored twice for Doosan, and teammates Allan Angoco and Stanley Rice each added one goal.

Quality Distributors'  Scott Spindel leaps to stop the ball and turn toward the goal in front of Guam Shipyard's Jared Quichocho.Quality staved off a late surge by Shipyard for a 4-3 win. (courtesy photo)

Quality Distributors’ Scott Spindel leaps to stop the ball and turn toward the goal in front of Guam Shipyard’s Jared Quichocho. (courtesy photo)

In Division II action, the Crushers FC moved up to the middle of the pack following its 1-0 win over the second-place Ambassadors. Shawn Spindel scored the match’s lone goal. The Rovers FC held on to win 1-0 against the Pago Bay Disasters in an aggressive match that saw five yellow cards issued. The IP&E Sidekicks defeated the United FC Vipers 4-1 with goals from Nicholas Santos, Michael Sgro, Joseph Santos and Gregorio Borja. Antonio Prieto scored the Vipers’ lone goal. Big Blue outscored the FC Shotguns two goals to one in the second half to finish with a 3-2 win. Nathan Camacho scored twice for Big Blue and teammate Ryan Crisostomo scored once. Yu Tanabe, Division II’s Golden Boot race leader, scored once and teammate Ryan Bosch scored the Shotguns’ other goal.

In the Masters Division, IT&E/IP&E tasted victory for the first time this season, shutting out the Paintco Strykers 2-0. Robert Scalise and Kevin Malakooti scored for IT&E/IP&E. The Rovers blanked Big Blue 2-0 with goals from Luis Larrazabal and Ian Lawton. With the win, the Rovers are now tied with Big Blue for second place in the standings behind Family FC.

League action continues Thursday with Masters Division matches beginning at 7 p.m.

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