GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Guam, NMI win men's, women's Marianas Cup respectively

[July 22, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands retained their men's and women's titles of the Marianas Cup, respectively, in the 2019 edition of the annual tournament Saturday evening at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

In the U19/U23 Men's Competition, Guam surged in the second half to claim 6-2 win over NMI. Guam's Isiah Lagutang scored the eventual game winner in the 63rd minute and teammates Anthony Quidachay, Kyle Halehale, Jacob McDonald, Devan Mendiola, and Clayton Sato also scored. Sunjoon Tenorio scored for the NMI. The NMI's other goal came on a Guam own goal.

In the U19 Women's Competition, NMI claimed its second-straight Marianas Cup title with a 3-0 win over Guam with two goals from Gianna Griffin and one from Guinivere Borja.

At the conclusion of both matches, participating teams were recognized in an awards ceremony attended several VIPs including GFA President Tino San Gil and NMIFA President Jerry Tan, GFA Acting General Secretary Cheri Stewart, NMIFA General Secretary Ross Zapanta, NMI Deputy General Secretary Merlie Tolentino, and Saipan mayor David Apatang. Executive Committee members from GFA - Fred Alig, Marvin "Ike" Iseke, Joe Roberto, and Gian Tenorio also were on hand at the awards ceremony, as well as NMIFA Executive Committee member Patricia Coleman and NMIFA CFO Elna Curate.

Winning teams received the tournament trophy as well as gold medals. Second-place finishers received silver medals. Guam's Kyle Halehale earned his second-straight tournament MVP trophy for for the men's competition and NMI's Gianna Griffin earned the MVP trophy for the women's competition.

Guam retained its Marianas Cup title with a 6-2 win over the Northern Mariana Islands in the U19/U23 Men's Competition Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. In the photo, Guam captain Kyle Halehale accepts the champions trophy on behalf of the team from GFA President Tino San Gil (red shirt) and Saipan mayor David Apatang during an awards ceremony after the match. Guam's Isiah Lagutang scored the eventual game winner in the 63rd minute and teammates Anthony Quidachay, Kyle Halehale, Jacob McDonald, Devan Mendiola, and Clayton Sato also scored. Sunjoon Tenorio scored for the NMI. The NMI's other goal came on a Guam own goal. Photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA.

 

The Northern Mariana Islands' U19/U23 Men's team pose for a group photo with their silver medals after falling to Guam 6-2 in the 2019 Marianas Cup played Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Guam's Isiah Lagutang scored the eventual game winner in the 63rd minute and teammates Anthony Quidachay, Kyle Halehale, Jacob McDonald, Devan Mendiola, and Clayton Sato also scored. Sunjoon Tenorio scored for the NMI. The NMI's other goal came on a Guam own goal. Photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA.

 

The Northern Mariana Islands U19 Women's Team celebrates during the Award Ceremony of the 2019 Marianas Cup Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. The NMI U19 Women's Team retained its Marianas Cup title with a 3-0 win over Guam with two goals from Gianna Griffin and one from Guinivere Borja. Photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA.

 

Guam U19 Women's team poses for a group photo with their silver medals after falling to the Northern Mariana Islands 3-0 in the 2019 Marianas Cup played Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Gianna Griffin scored twice for NMI and teammate Guinivere Borja also scored in the win. Photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA.

 

Guam's Kyle Halehale was voted as the U19/U23 Men's Competition MVP of the 2019 Marianas Cup played Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. Guam defeated the Northern Mariana Islands 6-2 to retain its Marianas Cup title. In the photo, Halehale poses with award presenters, NMI FA General Secretary Ross Zapanta (left) and GFA President Tino San Gil (right). Photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA.

 

Northern Mariana Islands' Gianna Griffin was voted as the U19 Women's Competition MVP of the 2019 Marianas Cup played Saturday at the Guam Football Association National Training Center. NMI retained its Marianas Cup title with a 3-0 win over Guam's U19 Women's team. In the photo, Griffin poses with award presenter Cheri Stewart, acting General Secretary of GFA. Photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA.

 
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