Casarino pulls away


TanHoldings Football Club’s Jannah Casarino is ahead of a Southern United player as they chase the ball during their girls U17 game in the 2020 NMIFA Spring Youth League earlier this month at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

TanHoldings Football Club’s Jannah Casarino earned a sizeable lead in the Golden Boot race in the girls U17 division of the 2020 NMIFA Spring Youth League.

From a slim advantage against Kanoa Football Club’s Sharmaine Francisco, 6-5, Casarino went further ahead, 13-7, thanks to her seven-goal output in their 11-3 thrashing of the former’s squad last March 14 at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

Before unloading one goal after another in their lopsided game against Kanoa a week bore Northern Mariana Islands Football Association suspended the league indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Casarino’s three goals were spread evenly in TanHoldings’ first three matches. She delivered two goals each in their 4-0 and 4-1 wins over Southern United last Feb. 15 and March 7, respectively and in their 6-3 triumph over Kanoa last Feb. 29.

Meanwhile, Francisco’s best production so far this season was her hat trick in their 7-1 victory over MP United last March 7. In their last match before the suspension of the league, the Kanoa striker got two goals in a losing effort versus TanHoldings, while her two other goals were registered in their 2-4 loss to Southern United last Feb. 22 and another defeat against TanHoldings last Feb. 29.

Joining Francisco and Casarino in the Top 5 in the race for the Golden Boot award are MP United’s Mauryzon Tybaco, Kanoa Football Club’s Paulyn Joyce, and Southern United’s Keisha Deleon Guerrero. The three players have four goals apiece with Tybaco getting three in their 6-2 win over Kanoa last Feb. 15 and the lone goal in their loss to the same squad early this month. Joyce delivered all her four goals in their second round win against MP United, while Deleon Guerrero had one apiece in their 0-4 loss to TanHoldings and 2-0 win over MP United and two in another victory over MPU.

Not far behind Deleon Guerrero, Tybaco, and Joyce are MP United’s Audrey Castro, Southern United’s Nathanette Blas, Kanoa’s Kristelle Itaas and TanHoldings’ Kaithlyn Chavez, who have three goals each.

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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