Kanoa FC barges into win column


Kana Football Club finally earned its first win of the season in the girls U15 division of the 2015 NMIFA Youth Spring League following a 1-0 victory over MP United FC last Saturday at the Hopwood Junior High School Field.

A Kanoa Football Club goalie, second right, steps into the play to kick the ball out during their girls U15 game against MP United in the NMIFA youth league last Saturday at the Hopwood Junior High School Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

A Kanoa Football Club goalie, second right, steps into the play to kick the ball out during their girls U15 game against MP United in the NMIFA youth league last Saturday at the Hopwood Junior High School Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Raenna Ramarui scored the lone goal in the weekend match, hitting her target in the 48th minute to end Kanoa’s five-game losing skid. MP United absorbed its fourth defeat to share similar 2-0-4 win-draw-loss record with Tan Holdings FC.

In other girls U15 results, Paire FC downed Tan Holdings, 4-1, while Shirley’s FC and Matansa settled for a 1-1 draw.

Guinevere Borja made a hat-trick in Paire’s upset of Tan Holdings, giving her team a 3-3 record and the solo third spot in the team standings. Renita Fleming drilled the other goal for Paire, lighting up the board in the 28th, while Borja took over, scoring in the 34th, 46th, and 51st.

Tan Holdings drew its only goal from Chevy Kate Alipio in the 43rd minute, bringing the squad’s total so far to 15. With its seven-goal lead against MP United, 15-8, Tan Holdings won the tiebreak for fourth place.

In the battle for first place, Shirley’s and Matansa hold identical 4-2-0 cards, but the former has the edge in goals scored, 15-11. De Jana Muna added one goal to Shirley’s total after finding the back of the net in the 16th minute of last Saturday’s game, while Matansa also got one from Angelica Sally.

Tan Holdings-1 8, Paire 0

Over at the Oleai Sports Complex Field for the boys U15 games, Tan Holdings-1 kept the top spot after whipping Paire last Friday.

Six different players hit the board for Tan Holdings-1, which improved its record to 6-0-0. Emmanuel Aniana logged a pair of goals, while Rico Reyes, Jonathan Capayas, Anthony Fruit, Mareko Tekopua, and Mark Esalan chipped in one each. Tan Holdings’ eighth goal came off an own goal.

MP United 10, Kanoa 0
MP United duplicated Tan Holdings-1’s lopsided win after routing Kanoa in the second match last Friday.

Oliver Lee and Christopher Aninzon stood out in the easy victory after making three goals apiece. Edwin Kim contributed two, while Joshua Abragan added one, and MP United got its first goal in the game off an error from Kanoa’s Kirt And on.

MP United now has a 5-0-1 mark to keep Tan Holdings-1 within striking distance.

Matansa 3, Tan Holdings-2 0
Matansa registered the third shutout win of the weekend after dominating Tan Holdings-2 last Saturday.

Matansa logged all its three goals in the first half with Iverson Santos scoring first in the sixth minute and John Joseph Bucayo and Joshua De Leon tallying the last two in the 27th and 39th minute, respectively.

Tan Holdings 14, Paire 1

Tan Holdings also secured a one-sided victory against Paire in the boys U18 division match at the Hopwood pitch last Saturday.

Sean Perez and Se Young Kim collected four goals each to lead Tan Holdings’ demolition of Paire. Joel Fruit and Junsik Kim nailed two goals apiece, while Yoshi Mafnas and Cosmos Kim had one each for Tan Holdings, which remained unbeaten in four games.

Joshua Choi scored the only goal for Paire.

MP United 3, Matansa 1
MP United got its third win in four games after outclassing Matansa at the Oleai pitch last Saturday.

Scott Kim had a brace for MP United, lighting up the board in the 41st and 48th minute, while Daniel Lim posted the other goal for the second-running team. Ryu Tanzawa was the lone scorer for Matansa, which fell to a 1-3 mark.

MP United 2, Tan Holdings 1

MP United also triumphed in one of the two co-ed U12 division matches last Saturday at the Hopwood pitch after slipping past Tan Holdings.

Rintaro Miyawaki and Dylan Cho notched one goal apiece for MP United, which retained the division lead with its 5-0-0 record. Tan Holdings, which got its lone goal for Taka Borja, dropped to a 1-1-3 card.

Kanoa 5, Matansa 2
Kanoa bagged its first victory in the division after topping Matansa.

Jim Kurt Maniago, Brian Lubao, Jhoey Daniel Noble, Jaydee Jose, and Ian Karl Maniago scored for Kanoa, which settled for draws its first three matches and lost one.

John Fabia, Alex Achas, and Razeff Altamirano made one goal apiece for Matansa (1-1-3).

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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