Guam – The Philippines continued to show their dominance, picking up one win in the U12 division and another in the U14 division, putting both squads in first place in their respective divisions going into the playoffs of the Pacific Asia Youth Invitational soccer tournament at the Guam Football Association facility in Harmon.
The Philippines’ Fidel Tacardon continued to rack up his goals on the second day of play – including two when the 12-year-old Claret student made his debut playing up in the U14 division. Tacardon leads all Philippine players with 10 goals in four games.
“I was excited to play in the U14 game because it was my first time playing on the same team as the older players,” Tacardon said. “I did not expect to score any goals in the U14 game.”
In the Philippines’ U14 game against the Strykers, Tacardon scored in the 44th minute and again one minute later in the visiting country’s 6-3 win. Prior to Tacardon’s goals, teammates Isaac Dale recorded a hat trick by the 31st minute of play and Matthew Ozit added the Philippines’ other goal in the first half.
The Strykers’ had a late surge, getting on board in the 52nd minute of play with a goal from Scott Ishizu. Jaythaniel Cruz added another goal three minutes later and teammate Bradley Dickson scored in the final minute of play when the ball rolled off of his back and into the goal.
In the other U14 game, the Wings defeated the Sidekicks 2-1. The Sidekicks held a 1-0 lead going into the half on a goal from Chris Cawili. The Wings’ Jordan Jasmin scored the equalizer in the opening minutes of the second half and teammate Shohei Norton scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 55th minute.
The Sidekicks move down to third place behind the Wings with the loss. The Sidekicks will again face the Wings in the opening round of the playoffs.
In the U12 division, Tacardon led his team with a hat trick against the ASC Islanders. Teammates Randy Raz, Edmund Venus and Sam Unabia each scored twice, while Diego Luna, Anthony Uy and Nigel Buan added one goal each in the Philippines’ 12-1 win. The ASC Islanders’ Zoe Provido scored the lone goal for her team.
In the other U12 game, the Wings defeated the Strykers 4-1.