Connect with us

GSPN

LEON GUERRERO, ROBERTO NET HAT TRICKS IN ROMP OF COUGARS

The defending champion ND Royals kicked off the 2018 season in a big way with two players, Brianne Leon Guerrero and Shyann Roberto, netting hat tricks in an 8-1 win over the Academy Cougars Monday at the Leo Palace Field.

By Nolan Miles

The IIAAG Girls High School Soccer season kicked off on Monday with a dominant display by the two-time defending champs. The ND Royals put in a strong offensive showing in their 8-1 win over the Academy Cougars at Leo Palace.

The Royals were led by Brianne Leon Guerrero, who netted four goals and Shyann Roberto who recorded a hat trick with three goals.

Leon Guerrero said the key to the Royals’ winning ways is chemistry between her and her teammates. That chemistry is evident in the way the Royals play, setting each other up for easy goals and communicating on defense and offense.

“A lot of us have been playing together for a long time, even outside of high school soccer, on the national team, so that extra familiarity really helps,” stated Brianne.

Wendy’s Players of the Game Brianne Leon Guerrero and Shyann Roberto.

The problems for Academy started early with their starting goalkeeper going down in the first five minutes with an injury. Not long after, Leon Guerrero capitalized by making a run through the defense and putting away her first goal of the game.

The Cougars’ Mia San Nicolas tried to get her team back in the game quickly with her shot getting past the keeper but the ball was cleared at the last second by Royals defender, Minami Rabago.

Midway through the half Leon Guerrero added her second goal and could have gotten her hat trick before halftime, but her header attempt at point-blank range was saved by the Academy keeper. The save kept the score at 2-0 heading into halftime.

The floodgates opened in the second half with the Royals putting the pressure on the Cougars and keeping the ball on their half. Shyann Roberto scored her first goal of the game early in the second half off an assist by Leon Guerrero.

Up 3-0, the Royals only increased the intensity dissecting the Cougar defense and making the Academy keeper work with multiple shots on goal. Leon Guerrero finally got her hat trick midway through the second half, scoring off a deflection after an ND corner kick. Only five minutes later, Carlie Quinata added a goal of her own off cross via header to put the Royals up 5-0.

Academy was able to get on the board late in the game with senior, Sabrina Aguon, booting the ball past ND’s keeper to prevent the shutout and put the score at 5-1.

Leon Guerrero was undeterred, scoring her fourth goal with a long-range shot to put the Royals up 6-1. Roberto was able to add two more goals in the last five minutes of the game, scoring a late penalty followed by the game-sealing goal in the 90th minute. As the final whistle blew the Royals walked away with the 8-1 victory.

Though the big win shows that the Royals are in championship form, Roberto says there is still things to improve as ND looks to three-peat.

“ We lost a lot of good players from last year’s team, and we have to work harder to maintain that championship level. This win definitely gives us confidence and shows us that we are on the right track.”

The Royals look to continue their winning ways next Thursday against St.Paul. While Academy looks to bounce back next Wednesday against the GW Geckos.

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

June

July 2020

August
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
Events for July

1st

No Events
Events for July

2nd

No Events
Events for July

3rd

No Events
Events for July

4th

No Events
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for July

5th

No Events
Events for July

6th

No Events
Events for July

7th

No Events
Events for July

8th

No Events
Events for July

9th

No Events
Events for July

10th

No Events
Events for July

11th

No Events
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for July

12th

No Events
Events for July

13th

No Events
Events for July

14th

No Events
Events for July

15th

No Events
Events for July

16th

No Events
Events for July

17th

No Events
Events for July

18th

No Events
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for July

19th

No Events
Events for July

20th

No Events
Events for July

21st

No Events
Events for July

22nd

No Events
Events for July

23rd

No Events
Events for July

24th

No Events
Events for July

25th

No Events
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
Events for July

26th

No Events
Events for July

27th

No Events
Events for July

28th

No Events
Events for July

29th

No Events
Events for July

30th

No Events
Events for July

31st

No Events

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

St. John’s Knight Aarman Sachdev

Polls

Would you like to see the first ever 2020 Fantasy Baseball Drafted teams compete against each other?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Since forming the GNYFF in 2009, the league has never gone without a season until 2020. The league announced their plans to cancel the 2020 season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

COMING SOON …

ALL SPORTING EVENTS HALTED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

QUICK HITS

RIP: Former Guam football player Phil Mendiola, shown here with son Tano, passed away in Las Vegas due to a heart attack. Mendiola played for numerous Guam teams from youth to varsity. He was 39.
—————————————————-
Morgan McKenna (left with black face mask) poses for a photo with Guam Football Association Technical Director Sang Hoon Kim (seated, with blue face mask) and Guam Football Association Assistant Technical Director Ross Awa (standing) after signing his letter of commitment to play intercollegiate men’s soccer for Muskingum University in Ohio. The Fighting Muskies compete in NCAA Division III’s Ohio Athletic Conference.

More in GSPN