Kanoa FC on a roll in women’s league

Independents FC?s Somia Quan tries to lead a breakaway on offense during the first half of their game versus Tan Holdings FC in the NMIFA women?s league last Saturday at the Oleai Sports Complex Field. (ROSELYN B. MONROYO)

Independents FC?s Somia Quan tries to lead a breakaway on offense during the first half of their game versus Tan Holdings FC in the NMIFA women?s league last Saturday at the Oleai Sports Complex Field. (ROSELYN B. MONROYO)

Kanoa Football Club stretched its win streak in the 2014 NMIFA Women’s League to five, following a 7-0 spanking of Matansa Football Club last Saturday at the Oleai Sports Complex Field.
Five different players scored in Kanoa FC’s rout of Matansa (2-0-3 win-draw-loss record) in the last game of the weekend. Jeralyn Castillo and Friendly Joy Pena gave Kanoa FC two goals apiece, while Lalaine Pagarao, Marielle Gariguez, and Thea Minor contributed one each.

Castillo started Kanoa’s offense with her goal in the 25th minute, while the team got its second goal quickly with Pena bagging her first two minutes later. Pena went on to drill back-to-back goals as she scored in the 30th minute, powering Kanoa to a 3-0 halftime lead.

Kanoa kept going against the quiet Matansa team with Castillo kicking off the team’s attack anew in the second half with her goal in the 54th. Kanoa had a string of three goals in a span of six minutes as Pagarao and Gariguez made it to the board in the 56th and 58th minute, respectively, before Minor closed out the scoring in the 79th.

Meanwhile, Independents FC and MP United FC also shut out their respective foes in the two other matches played last Saturday.
IFC played in the curtain-raiser against Tan Holdings FC and bagged a 2-0 victory. After both teams failed to find the back of the net in the first half, Somia Quan broke Independents FC’s silence with a goal in the 53rd minute. Farleen Esmundo then canned the insurance goal for IFC, as she scored 10 minutes before the match wrapped up.

With the victory, IFC improved its record to 3-0-2 win-draw and moved up to second place behind the undefeated Kanoa FC. Tan Holdings is still winless after four matches.

In the second game, MP United registered a 2-0 win over Paire. MP United recorded both goals in the first half, getting an own goal in the opening minutes of the game and drawing the other one from Manami Tadokoro late in that period. MP United now has a 2-1-1 slate, while Paire dropped to a 1-0-3 card.

Action in the seven-team field will resume this Saturday with Matansa FC taking on MP United in the first game at 4pm. In the second match at 6pm Paire will meet Tan Holdings, while in the last tiff set for 8pm, Shirley’s will square off against Independents.

 

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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