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ROYALS CLAIM GFA CHALLENGE CUP

Notre Dame edges Southern in preseason girls soccer tournament

PRESS RELEASE – The Notre Dame Royals claimed championship honors at the 2023 Guam Football Association Challenge Cup Girls High School Soccer Tournament at the GFA National Training Center Sunday evening.

Notre Dame Royals’ Sarah Benavente controls the ball in the midfield against the Southern Dolphins in the final match of the 2023 Guam Football Association Challenge Cup Girls High School Soccer Tournament, an event supported by Japan Football Association, Sunday evening at the GFA National Training Center. The Royals won 1-0. Photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA

The Royals defeated the Southern Dolphins 1-0 during a corner-kick play in the final match of the tournament which returned for the first time since 2019. The tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic, as well as for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The Royals also won the 2019 tournament, before moving on to win the league title in the same year.

The tournament, supported by Japan Football Association, featured eight high school teams from both the recently concluded ISA Girls High School Soccer League and the upcoming IIAAG Girls High School Soccer League: Academy , George Washington, Harvest, John F. Kennedy, Notre Dame, Okkodo, Southern, and a combined team of Tiyan and Simon Sanchez.

In the semifinals, the Royals defeated 2023 ISA Girls High School Soccer League champions JFK, winning 4-1 in a penalty shootout. The Dolphins defeated the combined team of Tiyan/Sanchez 2-0 in the other semifinal to set up the Royals vs Dolphins showdown in the final.

The final match was live-streamed and available online: https://mycujoo.tv/view/event/clff2nioz73er0je1otunac2r?src=AND_BC

Following the championship match, the Royals were presented the tournament’s Champions Trophy and medals, and the Dolphins were presented with GFA silver medals.

Previous winners of the preseason tournament

• 2012: Harvest Eagles

• 2013: Notre Dame Royals

• 2014: George Washington Geckos

• 2015: Sanchez Sharks

• 2016: George Washington Geckos

• 2017: Guam High Panthers

• 2018: Sanchez Sharks

• 2019: Notre Dame Royals

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