Shirley's Coffee Shop boosted its chances for the women's division title in the 2012 Saipan Soccer School Summer Futsal League after shutting out rival Wild Bill's, 3-0, last Wednesday night at the TSL Sports Complex in Gualo Rai.
The victory in its second to the last game in the double-round robin tournament gave Shirley's a 6-2-1 win-draw-loss record and it needs only a draw in its game against Xerox tomorrow to secure the women's crown.
Wild Bill's completed the competition with a 6-2-2 card and still has a chance for the championship provided Shirley's drop its final game this weekend. A Shirley's loss will give Wild Bill's and the latter 20 points each (from 6 matches won and 2 draws) and the tie will be resolved by goals difference (goals made minus goals given up). Wild Bill's collected 34 goals and gave up 13. Shirley's has earned 36 goals and has allowed more than Wild Bill's with 19.
Shirley's notched the crucial win over Wild Bill's after drawing all three goals from Irish Pagarao, who made the hat-trick in the first half.
Shirley's 8, Go Green Team 6
Shirley's was also victorious in the men's division after slipping past Go Green Team.
Shirley's gained only its second win in seven games, while Go Green finished the double-round robin contest with a field's worst record of 1-0-7.
The bottom two squads in the five-team group were in a deadlock, 3-all, after the first half of play. Jack Phan, Marc Mora and Ruselle Zapanta scored one goal apiece for Shirley's, while Go Green also drew one goal each from Mark King, Lee Epperson, and Raphael Zapanta.
In the second half, Phan completed a hat-trick after firing two more goals to lift Shirley's to the victory. Ariel Jinang, Kris Kim, and Ruselle Zapanta also contributed to Shirley's cause in the final frame.
Go Green made only three goals in the second half, courtesy of Timothy Tawanpiy, Makani Gramlich, and Kenneth Domingo.
Astig 8, Thundercats 7
Astig Futsal moved two wins away from sweeping the three-round robin boys U18 after edging the Thundercats.
Tanapon Unsa had a hat-trick in the second half and finished with five goals to keep Astig Futsal's perfect record in seven games. His two goals in the first half and one each from Konkoed and Woo Seok Choi gave Astig Futsal a commanding 4-1 lead.
Tawanpiy logged the Thundercats' lone goal in the first half and he teamed up with Juanito Tiamzon in the second to threaten Astig. Makani Gramlich and Zhi Pheng Lin chipped in one goal each to boost the Thundercats' attempt to hand Astig its first loss, but Unsa's three goals and Konkoed's one save the day for the virtual champion.
IT&E 9, Astig Futsal 0
In the boys U14, IT&E recorded its fourth win over Astig Futsal.
IT&E's John Taisacan was unstoppable on offense in the second half, firing all but one of his team's goals. Greg Sablan logged the other goal for IT&E.