It's been a rough couple of days for the national soccer team from the Federated States of Micronesia. The men representing the small archipelago, which is home to 100,000 people, have surrendered 114 goals in three games without finding the net once themselves.
Tuesday's 46–0 thrashing at the hands of Vanuatu, a chain of islands with 266,000 residents, was the latest in a series of thorough drubbings at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
The Micronesians were thumped 30–0 by Tahiti on Thursday and 38–0 by Fiji on Sunday. So Vanuatu wasn't just pouring it on for the sake of it on Tuesday. It needed to win by at least 38 in order to advance to the next round on goal differential.
Lucky for us, reporter Kevin Darling was on the scene to survey the damage, which included a fed-up scorekeeper.
It's mayhem here. Scorerkeeper left his desk and now no one knows exact score. Vanuatu have at least 42. One guy scored 14 of them.— Kevin Darling (@darlingkevin) July 7, 2015
By the way, the scorekeeper came back and took care of business. He knew the score.— Kevin Darling (@darlingkevin) July 7, 2015
Considering how inexperienced Micronesia's players are, it's a wonder the score wasn't more lopsided. “Most of Micronesia’s team had not played the game until 18 months ago,” Darling wrote in The Guardian after the loss to Fiji.
Goalie Walter Penglebew was shown mercy and yanked at halftime of the match against Fiji after surrendering 21 goals. Midfielder Dominic Gadad replaced him and was in net for Tuesday's game.
Technically, the 46–0 scoreline is not an international record because Micronesia is not a member of FIFA.
- Dan Gartland