JEHN Joyner, a Saipan-born athlete, has stamped his name on a neighboring island, after he and his team, the Bank of Guam Strykers FC, took down the Islanders, 6-2, to win the Budweiser Men's Futsal League championship at Guam’s sports complex on Nov. 22, 2021.
The Strykers not only claimed the title, but they also ended the league with an undefeated record.
In an interview, Joyner said “it feels great — I am an extremely competitive person so winning is always the goal. To go through the season without a loss and continue this feat up to the championship match goes to show the hard work the team put in.”
He believes that his team was able to accomplish such a feat due to the players’ experience and chemistry.
“Most of the guys on the team have been playing together for a while and since I know a few of them already, the team chemistry was already there. These guys are all strong and skilled competitors and aim to win at all costs…. I’m very thankful to my team and coach for their strong work ethic."
After Joyner graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2019, he made his way to Guam. He now plays soccer in the Guam Premier League and it is his second year with the Bank of Guam Strykers.
Joyner said when he was still playing soccer on Saipan, he saw action against teams from Guam so “I knew the level of play was higher [there] and I had to adapt quickly. Thankfully I’ve built relationships with a few players from [Guam] throughout those years so those guys were key to helping me adjust to the level of play on Guam.”
He is now “looking forward to continuing the work in the next Futsal season and also for the outdoor league which should be starting up soon.”