Close battle for Golden Boot in U12 division


The fight for the Golden Boot award in the co-ed U12 division of the 2015 NMIFA Youth Spring League is too close to call with no player having a sizeable lead after Week 6.

Tan Holdings Football Club’s Taka Borja leads the race with his nine goals, but Paire FC’s Kaden Church is breathing down his neck, notching eight so far.

Borja started the season slow, scoring one goals apiece in their first two games before gaining his form and earning a hat-trick in Tan Holdings’ 4-6 loss to Paire on Feb. 28 and 4-1 win against Matansa FC on March 7. However, he failed to widen his lead after scoring only once in Tan Holdings’ last two matches. Borja nailed his lone goal in their 1-2 defeat at the hands of MP United.

Church, on the other hand, made it to the board in four of Paire’s five games. He had his best output in their 6-4 victory over Tan Holdings, tallying three goals. Against Matansa, Church logged only one goal, while he had two apiece against Kanoa on March 14 and versus Matansa anew in the second round, as Paire redeemed its first round loss with a 5-1 rout.

Three MP United players are challenging Church and Borja for the coveted individual plum with Ye Seong Cho registering seven goals so far and Grafton Howard and Rintaro Miyawaki having six each. Cho bagged two goals each against Kanoa and Matansa and one apiece versus Tan Holdings (first and second round) and Paire.

Grafton had his most goals in their first game of the season, as he knocked in three in their 10-3 demolition of Tan Holdings. He added three more in their duel against Paire and Matansa. Miyawaki also recorded a hat-trick in their first win and posted one apiece against Kanoa, Paire, and Tan Holdings.

Twelve other players have scored at least two goals each, while eight made at least one.

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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