Bruv thumps Islanders FC


Bruv’s Guine Borja, right, and CTSI Petmalu’s Diana Maniacop nudge each other as they battle for possession during their co-ed U18 division game in Saipan Soccer School’s 2018 Youth Futsal Tournament this month at the TSL Sports Complex. Bruv won over Islanders FC last Sunday, while CTSI Petmalu forced a draw against Suplex City.
(Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Bruv moved closer to a sweep of the elimination round following another lopsided victory in the co-ed U18 division of Saipan Soccer School’s 2018 Youth Futsal Tournament last Sunday at the TSL Sports Complex.

Bruv whipped Islanders FC, 11-2, to improve to a 4-0-0 win-draw-loss record or one victory away from earning a perfect mark in the round-robin elimination. Bruv, which will be seeded first in the playoffs that will begin next week, was scheduled to play its final game in the preliminary round last night (against ABCD FC).

Mareko Tekopua delivered five goals for Bruv, making three in the first half to lift his team to a 6-2 halftime advantage. Guine Borja added two goals in the first half, while Gillian Villagomez made one. Brothers Ichiro and Taka Borja scored for Islanders FC in the opening 20 minutes of play, while John Bucayo, John Michael Rojas, and Emmanuel Aniana tallied one apiece for Bruv in the last 20 minutes of the match to complete their domination in last weekend’s duel.

With another loss, Islanders FC (0-0-5) is out of the playoff race.

In other results, CTSI Petmalu and ABCD FC boosted their playoff bids in the division.

ABCD FC defeated La Fabrica, 6-2, to gain a 2-1-1 record for third place in the team standings. CTSI Petmalu, on the other hand, is in fourth place with its 1-2-1 slate following a 6-6 draw against the Kensington Hotel-backed Suplex City. Only the Top 4 teams after the elimination round will move to the semifinals and Bruv, ABCD FC, and Suplex City (3-1-1) have already secured the three spots.

Krizel Tuazon and Dai Podziewski scored two goals apiece for ABCD FC, while Juan Sanchez and Kirt Andon chipped in one each. Ian Maniago and Khristelle Itaas logged the two goals for La Fabrica, which went down to fifth place in the team standings with its 1-0-3 mark. La Fabrica and CTSI Petmalu will meet in the last elimination round game tomorrow with the match to determine the owner of the last playoff berth.

CTSI Petmalu managed to avert an impending loss and remain in playoff contention as it played better in the second half to force a draw against Suplex City. CTSI Petmalu was down, 2-4, going into the second half, when Jonathan Capayas, Joshua De Leon, Louie Calayag drilled one goal apiece and the team got an own goal off Suplex City’s error to tie the match. Diana Maniacop and Thaiphi Austria logged the two goals for CTSI Petmalu in the first half.

Suplex City’s four goals in the opening 20 minutes off play came from Katrina Costales’ pair and one each from Alex Park and Therize Millare. Park added one more in the second half, while Jerlyn Castillo also hit the board in the final frame.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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