The Marianas High School Lady Dolphins (MHS-1) won every game it suited up for and finished this year's Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization girls soccer season with five wins and a forfeit as the season virtually concluded last Tuesday at the Oleai Sports Complex Track & Field.
MHS 1 likely would have finished the term undefeated, if not for a double-forfeit accrued in this past Thursday's final scheduled pairing between the league frontrunner and its junior varsity sister-squad, MHS 2 (1-5).
MHS 1 tallied an impressive 18 goals in its five regular season matches and gave up only three goals to its opponents.
Saipan Southern High School Lady Manta Rays (4-2) booted in 11 goals to its four allowed, while Kagman High's Lady Ayuyus (1-5) edged out MHS 2 in the standings by outscoring its rival, 6-5, and allowing one less goal, 19-20, on defense.
Picking up where the last update left off, SSHS overwhelmed KHS, 3-0, Jan. 29; MHS 1 shut out MHS 2, 5-0, last Jan. 31 and then routed KHS, 4-0, last Feb. 5; while SSHS defeated MHS 2, 3-1, last Feb. 7 before falling to MHS 1 last Feb. 12, 2-0; and KHS split its last two matches, capped by a 3-0 victory over MHS 2 last Thursday before bowing to the Lady Manta Rays, 2-0, last Tuesday.
MISO's postseason tournament kicks off in Oleai this Friday, March 1 and 2. Friday's action starts at 3:45pm with MHS 1 taking on MHS 2 followed at 5pm with SSHS versus KHS. The competition then resumes the following morning at 9am with the third place consolation game leading into the 10:45am finals.
Last Tuesday, Manta Rays' Marrielle Gariguez wasted no time and streaked down the right side for an early solo goal just 56 seconds into the match and followed it up with another strike 3:20 into the first half with a crafty rebound off the goalie. Her first goal was a beauty and given that she added the second goal quickly after breaking the ice, she was expected to do some more damage in the remaining hour of play or so.
However, KHS buttoned up on defense and kept her under wraps, though they were unable to get things going offensively.
Last Feb. 14, Veora Basa put her Ayuyus ahead, 1-0, 2:42 into the opening frame and she and a teammate each added a goal in the second half during the 40th and 64th minute.
In the Feb. 12 match, MHS 1's Lahaina Gatchalian found the back of the net 14:10 into the first half and teammate Clarisse Cayabyab provided some insurance later in the second half at the 46th minute.
Last Feb. 7 the Lady Rays' Marrielle Gariguez willed two goals in the first half during the 19th and 25th minute and answered an opposing goal by MHS 2's Elaine Enriquez from the 40-minute mark with a hat trick goal just three minutes after the ensuing kickoff.
On Feb. 5, MHS 1's Jeradline Castillo put her Dolphins in the driver seat just over five minutes after the opening whistle, at 5:17, and teammate Melody Johnson made it 3-0 with a pair of goals at the 11:30 and 16:34 mark of the first half.
Castillo added the cherry on top later in the closing period with her second goal in the 54th minute of regulation.