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U16 GIRLS SET TO FACE JAPAN

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PRESS RELEASE – Guam’s U16 women’s national team will face one of its toughest challenges beginning Sept. 26 when the players face Japan in the championship round of the AFC U16 Women’s Championship in Nanjing, China.

“The goal no doubt is to qualify for the semifinals,” said head coach Brett Maluwelmeng. “To say it won’t be easy would be a massive understatement, as we’ll be going up against defending champion Japan in our first match. However, I dare say with our strategy, hard work and a bit of luck, we can sneak a result.

“We play Iran in our other match and despite our opponents being closer to us in playing level, we will need every bit of strength left for the team to get another good result,” Maluwelmeng added.

The team, whose nickname the “Junior Masakåda” was taken from the island’s senior side’s moniker, made history last year by becoming the first national team from Guam to qualify on its own merit for the championship round of an AFC tournament. The 2012 team defeated Hong Kong 1-0 on an Olympic goal by Maria Abbey Iriarte in a group qualifier match at the Guam Football Association National Training Center and earned a berth in the championship in China.

“I feel our team has come a long way … and I believe the results we want in China are attainable, ambitious as they may be,” Maluwelmeng said. “I believe this group of young women – our Junior Masakåda – have the courage and bravery required to go up against continental giants such as Japan.

“Put that together with their improving tactical and technical abilities and we just may pull off the surprise we look to achieve,” Maluwelmeng added.

The 2013 squad features goalkeepers Mya Jade Sanchez and Kalila Kim. The other team members are Raven Aguon, Paris “Mames” Blas, Hopemary Calip, Erlissa Delfin, Caylani Estoy, Gabby Evaristo, Hinako Ito, Skyylerblu Johnson, Yae Kawauchi, Kayla Kinney, Colleen Naden, Mellanne Rasmussen, Franshay Shippey, Kaeliana Taitano, Sabrina Wiegand and Iriarte.

The team leaves Monday to Nanjing, China and plays against Japan at 2 p.m. Nanjing time Sept. 26 at the Jiangning Sports Centre. The team’s next match against Iran will be played at 2 p.m. Nanjing time Sept. 28.

The Guam delegation also includes assistant coaches Ashley Besagar, Samuel San Gil, Kim Sherman and team manager Lucy Johnson.

A total of 12 teams are in the championship round and are divided into four groups, each vying for a spot in the semifinals. The semifinals begin Oct. 3, with the winning team from Group A, which includes China, P.R., Australia and Bahrain, playing against the winner of Group B – either DPR Korea, Chinese Taipei or Jordan. Next, the winner from Guam’s group, Group D, will face the winner from Group C, which features teams from Korea Republic, Thailand and Uzbekistan. The winning teams will move on to the final, while the losing teams play for third place. Only the top three teams overall will represent Asia at the 2013 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica next year.

U16 Players and Coaches:

Coach Brett Maluwelmeng

Coach Brett Maluwelmeng

Coach Kim Sherman

Coach Kim Sherman

Coach Sam San Gil

Coach Sam San Gil

Coach Ashley Besagar

Coach Ashley Besagar

Coach Lucy Johnson

Coach Lucy Johnson

Raven Aguon

Raven Aguon

Paris Blas

Paris Blas

Hopemary Calip

Hopemary Calip

Erlissa Delfin

Erlissa Delfin

Caylani Estoy

Caylani Estoy

Gabby Evaristo

Gabby Evaristo

Abbey Maria Iriarte

Abbey Maria Iriarte

Hinako Ito

Hinako Ito

Skyylerblu Johnson

Skyylerblu Johnson

Yae Kawauchi

Yae Kawauchi

Kalila Kim

Kalila Kim

Kayla Kinney

Kayla Kinney

Colleen Naden

Colleen Naden

Mellanne Rasmussen

Mellanne Rasmussen

Franshay Shippey

Franshay Shippey

Kaeliana Taitano

Kaeliana Taitano

Mya Sanchez

Mya Sanchez

Sabrina Wiegand

Sabrina Wiegand

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