Kanoa, TanHoldings deliver


A Topnotch player kicks the ball, while a TanHoldings defender keeps a close eye on her during their masters division game in the 2018 Dove Fall Women’s League last Oct. 21 at the TSL Sports Complex’s artificial turf. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Kanoa Football Club and TanHoldings FC dispatched their respective opponents in the masters division of the 2018 Dove Fall Women’s League.

TanHoldings played in the first game last Oct. 21 at the TSL Sports Complex’s artificial turf and shut down Topnotch, 4-0. In the first game, Kanoa outclassed MP United, 4-2.

Merlie Tolentino towed Kanoa to victory after making a pair of goals, while Katherine Mersai chipped in one. Kanoa got an own goal, while Amy Weiss and Darla Campion scored for MP United. Kanot hit the board early, thanks to Tolentino’s shot in the sixth minute, while Mersai handed the winning team its second goal two minutes later, and MP United failed to counter in the entire first half.

In the second half, Tolentino registered her second and last goal in the 30th minute, while MP United ended its silence behind Weiss’ conversion in the 33rd. Campion also found her target in the 35th minute to threaten Kanoa, but MP United’s error gave its opponent an own goal that served as insurance for the winning squad.

In the other masters division game, it was an all-TanHoldings show. Three different players scored for TanHoldings, which also got an own goal in its lopsided victory. Mariquit Chavez drew first blood for TanHoldings with her goal in the sixth minute, while Ma. Victoria Camama found the back of the net in the 25th minute. TanHoldings then took an own goal in the 33rd minute before Jessica Ortizo closed out for the squad in the 36th.

In other results, Kanoa crushed Southern United FC, 11-3, in the 11 a side match last Oct. 22 at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville,

Sue Ann Huevos led Kanoa’s demolition after firing four goals. She scored in the sixth, 33rd, 42nd, and 44th minute. Irish Pagarao added three and Paulyn Joyce and and Therize Millare contributed two each.

Britany Wally also had a pair for Southern United with her first coming in the 15th minute, while Katrina Costales hit the board, too, in the opening half to keep their team afloat. However, Kanoa pulled away in the second half, making seven goals against only one from the former—courtesy of Wally.

Meanwhile, games in the 2018 Dove Fall Women’s League are on hold after Super Typhoon Yutu slammed Saipan late last month.

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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