The Marianas High School Lady Dolphins raised their fifth consecutive title following a 5-0 runaway victory over the Saipan Southern High School Lady Manta Rays in Saturday's Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization girls varsity soccer championship at the Oleai Sports Complex Track & Field.
The veteran team is led by seniors Clarisse Cayabyab, Stephanie Jo Camacho, Allene Evallar, Melody Johnson, Charlene Lizardo, Kaiza Lucido, Alodia Lumasag, Phoebe Nekaifes, and Lea Teodoro with juniors Danica Chan and Jeralyn Castillo, sophomore Patrishia Echavez, and freshman Alexandria Vargara under coaches Andrew Nissen and Irish Pagarao.
After the championship match they were presented with the perpetual MISO team trophy, which will be inscribed with their name and held on display in the MHS trophy case for the fifth year in a row.
MHS 1 locked in the first place standing by winning its first five games of the season and then opted to take a little break before heading into the postseason, forfeiting its last match that turned out to be a double no-show with its MHS 2 counterparts.
Nevertheless, the group showed up when it counted and marched off with a lopsided victory in the end.
They advanced to the finals on Friday after defeating the Kagman High School Lady Ayuyus, 1-0, in a penalty shootout and then laid the smack down on its southern rivals in Saturday's main event. SSHS routed MHS 2, 5-0, in the other playoff match.
The second-ranked Lady Rays kept the eventual champs at bay for about 30 minutes until Lizardo broke the ice with a goal at the 31:46 mark of regulation.
Then Johnson struck again five minutes later at 37:20 to give the Lady Dolphins a 2-0 advantage at halftime.
Lizardo bagged a second goal early in the second frame at 42:25 and shortly after Alodia Lumasag chimed at 50:15 to make it 4-0.
With the Lady Manta Rays thoroughly worn out as time winded down, Castillo added the final goal at 59:30 after which the Lady Dolphins preserved the shutout win with solid defense to close out the match.
In the consolation matchup, Kagman High School Ayuyus defeated MHS 2 in a shootout from the hash, 3-2, after the rival squads came out scoreless in regulation and a 10-minute “golden goal” overtime period.
Four teams completed this year's field. Games were played under two 35-minute halves.