Guinevere leads Golden Boot race in girls U15


Matansa Football Club’s Guinevere Borja tries to maneuver her way out from the defense of a TanHoldings player during their first round game in the girls U15 division of the M-League at the Francisco Mendiola Sablan Middle School Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Matansa Football Club’s Guinevere Borja is ahead in the Golden Boot race in the girls U15 division of the 2016 NMIFA Youth Fall League.

Borja, who is now in China to suit up for the CNMI U19 Girls National Team that will be playing in the AFC U19 Women’s Championship 2017 Qualifiers, has collected 18 goals in six games in the double-round robin season. She posted his most goals (5) on Oct. 15 in their 7-2 rout of TanHoldings.

The Matansa forward, who got four goals in their 9-1 triumph over MP United last Oct. 8, two apiece in their Sept. 10 match over TanHoldings and in their Sept. 17 and Oct. 22 tiffs against Shirleys, and three versus Kanoa last Sept. 24, has a five-goal lead over Kanoa’s Paulynn Joyce.

Joyce trimmed Borja’s lead after gaining six goals in their 7-0 trashing of TanHoldings last Oct. 22. Both Joyce and Borja have three games left to notch more goals and boost their bids for the Golden Boot award.

The Top 2 placers are the only two players to record at least 10 goals, as the third-ranked Gillian Villagomez of MP United tallied only nine after eight games. Borja’s teammate Angel Sally and Kanoa’s Toremy Diaz are in fourth and fifth places with eight and six goals, respectively.

Another Matansa player—Lyka Sally—is in the Top 10 with her sixth-best five goals—the same number of goals Shirley’s FC’s Jasmine Phan has. Six more Shirley’s players make it to the Top 10 with Lillian Podziewski logging four, Joannah Carreon and Jerlyn Castillo registering three each, and Valeria Myers, Diana Maniacop, and Katrina Costales posting two apiece. Matansa’s Sunny Woo, TanHoldings’ Clair Barrozo, and MP United’s Rei Sekiguchi also have two goals each, going into the last few games in the fall season. Fifteen other players from the six participating teams made it to the board, scoring one goal apiece.

In the boys U17 division, the race is between two Matansa players. Jun Sik Kim has 13 goals so far and is on top of teammate Evan Belcher, who has earned 10 with two games left in the season.

Three players are tied for second place with MP United’s Sun Joon Tenorio, TanHoldings’ Joshua Galarion, and Matansa’s Joshua De Leon recording five goals apiece. Louie Calayag of TanHoldings is alone at No. 3 with his four goals, while Paire’s Saixian Bagsic, Matansa’s Jether Yobech, and TanHoldings’ Anthoy Fruit have collected three apiece.

MP United’s Go Sekiguchi, Michael Lee, and Keeanu Diaz, Tan Holdings’ Allan Hinson and Jonah Pohl, and Matansa’s Lolobeyong Benito are the other boys U17 players who have scored multiple goals with two 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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