Kanoa clinches boys U15 title


Kanoa Football Club’s Markus Toves, second left, has possession while three Matansa Football Club player look on during their boys U15 division game in the NMIFA Summer Youth League 2021 last Saturday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville. (Contributed Photo)

Kansa Footballl Club foiled Matansa Football Club’s bid for an upset to take the boys U15 championship in the NMIFA Summer Youth League 2021 last Saturday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

Kanoa forced Matansa to a 2-2 draw to keep an unbeaten record (4-1-0 win-draw-loss) with only one game left in the short season. Kanoa will play its last game tomorrow against TanHoldings FC and regardless of the results of the second match in the division this weekend, the former will still finish the double-round robin contest on top of the team standings. TanHoldings is currently in second place with its 3-0-2 mark, while Matansa is ranked third with a 2-1-2 slate and will play Paire (0-0-5) in the curtain-raiser this Saturday.

Markus Toves helped Kanoa zero in on the division crown, as he scored the game-tying goal in the 67th minute, five minutes after Matansa threatened to steal the victory when Philip Megino converted a penalty kick, 2-1. Nolan Ngewakl delivered the other goal for Matansa in the 16th minute, while Toves knotted the count for the first time with his shot in the 57th minute.

In other results in the division, TanHoldings dominated Paire, 7-0.

Anthony Austria starred in TanHoldings’ easy win after making a hat-trick, while Anthony Bergancia, Morico Claridades, James Lilles, and Daniel Sano chipped in one apiece.

Paire 3, Matansa 0

Paire got the top seeding in the division as it finished the elimination unbeaten in five games following a shutout win over Matansa.

Rodney Tomei fired all the three goals for Paire, which incidentally will play the No. 4 seed Matansa in this weekend’s semifinals.

Shirley’s 3, TanHoldings 1
Shirley’s downed TanHoldings to take the No. 2 seed and set a semifinals date against MP United.

Jackielyn Calage, Frank Lumanlang, and Bennet Haro tallied one goal each for Shirley’s, which finished the round-robin elimination with a 3-1-1 mark.

Chelsea Santos made the lone goal for TanHoldings, which missed the semis cut as it finished fifth with a 1-0-4 record.

MP United 8, Kanoa 0
MP United (3-0-2) notched the No. 3 seeding in the playoffs after crushing Kanoa.

Tai Namai-Scoggins proved to be too much for Kanoa, as the striker knocked in six goals. Landon Springer and Moshe Sikkel posted the two other goals for MP United.

Southern United 13, Shirley’s 0

Southern hammered Shirley’s in the second match last weekend.

Rosie Jean Saralu powered Southern United to the lopsided win after recording seven goals. Southern (4-0-1) is already assured of a semis berth in the division, but its playoff foe has yet to be determined with NMIFA still finalizing the standings. Shirley’s is out of the running as it finished the round-robin elimination winless.

Kanoa-1 5, Paire 2
Kanoa-1 is also in the semis following a win over Paire.

Sophia Quintos scored three goals for the third-ranked Kanoa-1. while Kaleen Leemarvin added one. Kanoa-1 was handed an own goal, while Justidy Mizutani and Teneasha Diaz logged the two goals for Paire, which took the fourth and last semis ticket in the division.

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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