Kanoa-1 keeps unbeaten record


Kanoa Football Club 2’s Markus Toves is left open to kick the ball during the first half of their co-ed U13 game against Matansa in the 2018 NMIFA Fall Youth League last Saturday at the Koblerville Elementary School Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Kanoa Football Club-1 is still perfect following an 11-0 demolition of Matansa FC in the second game in the co-ed U13 division of the 2018 NMIFA Fall Youth League last Saturday at the Koblerville Elementary School Field.

Kanoa bagged its third win for the solo lead in the five-team field. Idle MP United FC (2-0-1 win-draw-loss) remains in second place and is followed by TanHoldings FC (1-1-1), Matansa (1-1-2), and Kanoa-2 (0-0-3).

Jim Kurt Maniago anchored Kanoa-1’s lopsided victory over Matansa after making three goals. He had back-to-back goals in the 11th and 18th minute and completed the hat trick in the 53rd. Markus Toves, Daniel Mar Pablo, and Leland Deleon Guerrero chipped in two each, while Joe Emil Antonio and John Mark Anastacio contributed one each.

In the other game in the division, TanHoldings entered the win column after outclassing Kanoa-2, 6-2.

Five different players scored for TanHoldings with Ariel Narvaez delivering a pair. Narvaez drew first blood for TanHoldings in the 20th minute, while a minute later Izeah Jolo scored for Kanoa-2 to tie the match. The game remained in a deadlock at halftime as Anthony Bergancia hit the equalizer for TanHoldings in the 27th minute—a minute after Chad Escaner’s goal put Kanoa on top.

When the game resumed, it was all TanHoldings’ show with Narvaez getting his second goal (38th minute) and Mark Joseph Roque, Anthony Austria, and Angelo Pulido lighting up the board in the 46th, 48th, and 52nd minute, respectively.

TanHoldings 8, Shirley’s 0

TanHoldings also triumphed in the boys U15 division’s first match at the NMI Soccer Training Center after shutting down Shirley’s last Friday.

TanHoldings improved to a 2-0-1 record for second place behind Matansa (3-1-0), while Shirley’s is at the cellar of the five-squad field with its 0-0-3 mark. MP United (1-1-1) and Kanoa (1-0-2) complete the team standings.

Taka Borja starred in TanHoldings’ easy win after posting a hat trick and he recorded the three goals in streaks. He scored in the 32nd, 38th, and 51st minute. William Celeste added a pair, while Brandon Tenorio, Kohtaro Goto, and Theron Factor made one each.

Matansa 3, Kanoa 1
Matansa kept the division lead after defeating Kanoa in the second game.

Benito Lolobeyong towed Kanoa to its third win in as many games after his brace. Lolobeyong got his first goal in the 28th and the second and last in the second minute of extra time. Razeff Altamirano tallied the other goal for Matansa in the sixth minute, while Kanoa’s lone goal was courtesy of Ian Karl Maniago in the 55th minute.

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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