With two wins in as many games since the season opener, Marianas High School's Lady Dolphins 1 leads the three other competing squads in this year's Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization Girls Soccer being played on the Oleai Sports Complex field.
MHS 1 broke onto the scene in the Jan. 15 opener and mauled Kagman High's Lady Ayuyus (0-2), 6-0 and then edged out the Saipan Southern High School Lady Manta Rays (1-1), 1-0, last Tuesday.
In the first match MHS 1's Charlene Lizardo broke the ice 10:19 into the first half and about three minutes later (13:37) her teammate Alodia Lumasag made it 2-0.
Lizardo struck again just prior to the 20-minute mark of the period (19:54) for a commanding 3-0 lead at mid point.
It was all Lady Dolphins 1 again through the second half as the group bagged three more goals in remaining 35 minutes of regulation.
MHS 1's Clareth Castro found the back of the net at 46:50, while Melody Johnson brought on the rout with back-to-back goals (52:45 and 60:40).
MHS 1's tango last week with SSHS entailed a 50-minute stalemate between the rival squads until finally, at 51:12, Lady Dolphins 1 forward Jeraldine Castillo put her team in the driver's seat and they held strong on defense for the remaining 20 minutes of regulation.
SSHS shares a 1-1 card with MHS Lady Dolphins 2. However, the former bested the latter, 3-0, back on Jan. 17, as Jurina Navarro broke the ice in the 10th minute after which Lady Rays mainstay Mariel Gariguez bagged two goals late in the match (43:36 and 52:46).
MHS 2 did hold on to get past KHS last Thursday, though the Ayuyus threatened with a pair of late goals before the final whistle.
KHS actually cast the first stone in the match as Veora Basa broke free at 4:51 to give her Lady Ayuyus the early lead, but MHS 2's Dianne “Bob” Pablo answered shortly after in the ninth minute.
Then just shy of the 20-minute mark, at 19:41, Lady Dolphins 2's Elaine Enriquez put the group ahead, 2-1.
The count remained the same through halftime and beyond, but the middle of the second period Mikayla Lopez gave Lady Dolphins 2 some breathing room with a clutch goal at 43:32.
It felt so good she struck again at 50:11 to give MHS 2 a comfortable 4-1 cushion.
KHS did not wilt, however, and fought all the way to the end.
Lady Ayuyus' Kimerlyn Butters and Basa helped the team save face and carved out a 1-goal deficit with respective goals at the 62:20 and 65:01 marks.
MISO girls soccer continues today at Oleai starting 4pm with KHS challenging SSHS.