Kanoa FC stays perfect


Southern United Football Club’s Vaniqa Torres, left, battles Kanoa FC’s Kaithlyn Chavez for the possession during their girls U16 division game in the TakeCare NMIFA Youth Spring League 2022 last Saturday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville. (MICHAELA PANGANIBAN)

Kanoa Football Club’s girls U16 squad remains the only unbeaten team in the TakeCare NMIFA Youth Spring League 2022 following its 5-3 triumph over closest rival Southern United FC last Saturday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

Kaithlyn Chavez scored a hat-trick for Kanoa, while Mia Abuan added a pair to give their squad an unblemished 6-0-0 win-draw-loss record in the five-team girls U16 division. Kanoa is looking at winning its last two games in the double-round robin play for a perfect regular season.

Tamia Hix, Megan Elayda, and Summer Manahane hit the board for Southern United, which missed in its attempt to join Kanoa on top of the division after falling to a 4-0-2 mark.

In other results, Paire FC and Shirley’s FC had a draw.

Teneasha Diaz made the equalizer for Paire in the 50th minute, while Ayana Hayes nailed the other goal for the team. Shirley’s, on the other hand, got its twin goals from Stacy Arriola and Jackielyn Calage.

TanHoldings 8, Matansa 1

TanHoldings kept its hold to the top spot in the division after routing Matansa.

Anthony John Bergancia anchored TanHoldings’ easy win after firing five goals.

Minul Hoque contributed two goals, while Morico Claridades chipped in one for TanHoldings, which now has a 6-0-1 slate, one win ahead of MP United (5-1-1) and Kanoa (5-1-1).

Matansa absorbed its fifth loss, as only Jerome Mettao scored for the team.

Kanoa 15, Shirley’s 2
Kanoa stayed close to TanHoldings following a lopsided victory over Shirley’s.
Markus Toves crushed Shirley’s, as he delivered seven goals in the match, while Leland Deleon Guerrero tallied four. Shirley’s two goals were courtesy of Benneton Haro and Branson Jay Santos.

In other results in the division, MP United was handed a win via forfeiture against Paire.

Southern 4, Matansa 1

Southern United FC notched victory No. 6 after topping Matansa.
Rosie Saralu lifted Southern United to the win with her hat-trick, while Briannie Echalico posted the other goal for the leading team. Alyssa Borlongan recorded the lone goal for Matansa.

MP United 3,
Kanoa-2 2

Allie Brasuell powered MP United past Kanoa-2 in a close match.
Brasuell nailed the go-ahead goal in the 23rd minute to complete her hat trick, while Roxlyn Ferrer made both goals for Kanoa-2.

Kanoa-1 4, Paire 2
In another tight game, Kanoa-1 edged Paire.
Elikristiana Iglecias scored two goals for Kanoa-1, including the game-winner in the second half. Yellynn Ha also had twin goals for Kanoa-1, while Betrice Gross registered all three goals for Paire.

TanHoldings-1 2, TanHoldings-2 2
TanHoldings teams settled for a draw in their last weekend’s duel.
Xyriel Pascual knocked in the game-tying goal for TanHoldings-1, which got its other goal from Shaina Malonzo. TanHoldings-2’s goals came from Breanna Lopez and Orica George.

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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