Areas of improvement highlighted during EAFF tourney

[September 8, 2018 - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia] Following the conclusion of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship Round 1 women’s competition Friday evening in Mongolia, key areas of improvement have been noted to strengthen the Guam Women’s National Team for future tournaments.

“The tournament has highlighted some major areas of improvement that is needed going forward,” said Belinda Wilson, Head Coach of the Masakåda. “We need to start with the basics and players need a stronger foundation of technical ability and game understanding. This all comes from a strong Coach Education program that supports and develops Guam’s proactive playing style and philosophy and is developed from Grassroots to senior football, creating Guam players who can compete at the highest level.”

In Friday’s match against the Northern Mariana Islands, the final finishing touch on team build-up plays eluded the Masakåda for the scoreless draw result after 90 minutes of play.


Masakåda looks forward to island derby against NMI

[September 6, 2018 - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia] The Guam Masakåda looks forward to an island derby against neighbors Northern Mariana Islands as the EAFF E-1 Football Championship Preliminary Competition Round 1 women’s competition comes to a close Friday afternoon in Ulaanbaator, Mongolia.

The Masakåda are 1-1 in tournament standings entering the final day of play while NMI holds a 0-1-1 record through second day competition.

“(Wednesday night’s) match was a disappointment,” said Masakåda winger Colleen Naden, referring to the team’s match against Mongolia. “We had worked on our game plan but did not execute it – the result shows just that. We still have one more game left and we’re going to come out stronger and smarter to finish off this tournament on a positive note.”


Guam Masakåda dominates Macau in EAFF E-1 opener

[September 3, 2018 - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia] Guam’s progressive tactical development proved too much for Macau as the Masakåda dominated its opponent in a 5-0 shutout victory on Day 1 of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship Round 1 women’s competition in Mongolia Monday.

“I’m really proud of how we came out today,” said Kaycee Hoover, Masakåda captain. “We worked a lot on how our plays were going to progress through training camp and if we can execute it out on the field – I think we did that today. We’re looking forward to the next two games to perfect what we’ve been working on these past two weeks as a team.”

Hoover put Guam on the scoreboard six minutes into the match on a header from just outside the left corner of the goal box to the opposite post off a pass from Phoebe Minato. About 25 minutes later, Hoover took advantage of a botched ball clearance by Macau’s Hoi Ka Kei to double Guam’s lead through to the halftime whistle.


Whalen invited to trial for UW Huskies women's team

[June 10, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Isa Whalen will continue chasing her football dreams when she returns to Seattle, Wash. this weekend ahead of a trial for a spot on the University of Washington Huskies women’s team.

“I’m super excited,” said Whalen, who featured on the Guam U14 Girls National Team at an AFC tournament in 2014 and consistently trains with Masakåda, Guam women’s national team when in Guam. “Playing college soccer was always something I wanted to do. While here in Guam, I’ve been training on my own on the Navy base, going to the gym and hitting the field, I played for the Lady Crushers in the (Bud Light) Women’s Soccer League that took the recent championship, and have been training with the Guam Women’s National Team – just a lot of involvement in soccer and touches on the ball.”

Whalen, whose family is originally from Umatac, arrived in Guam Dec. 12 last year after graduating from Meadowdale High School in Washington early.


Johnson to play for Highline College in NWAC title defense

[May 21, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] A strong performance by Skyylerblu Johnson in Guam’s recent Women’s International Friendly match against Singapore late last year catapulted the Masakåda standout to the top of Highline College’s recruiting efforts for their championship-caliber women’s soccer team.

The George Washington High School student, set to graduate June 1, will depart Guam June 15 to join the Thunderbirds in their Northwest Athletic Conference title defense.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to play soccer at the intercollegiate level,” Johnson said. “This has always been one of my dreams since I was a young girl – I hope to expand my soccer IQ with my new team, and I hope to get even stronger and faster on the pitch. I’ve heard that the style of play is different in the U.S. than it is here in Asia; however, I look forward to contributing all I can to the team and just to also have a good experience playing the sport I really love at this new level.


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