Kanoa, TanHoldings on a roll


TanHoldings Football Club’s Kaithlyn Chavez, left, dribbles in front of Southern United’s Nathanette Blas during their girls U16 game in the 2020 NMIFA Spring Youth League early this month at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Kanoa Football Club and TanHoldings Football Club extended their streak in the 2020 NMIFA Spring Youth League after prevailing in last Saturday’s matches at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

In the first boys U16 game, Kanoa stretched its winning run to five after nosing out MP United, 2-1.

Sean Gil and Markus Toves scored the two goals for Kanoa with the latter delivering the insurance in the 52nd minute. Earlier in the 16th minute, Gil put Kanoa on the board and they made it a 2-0 advantage after Toves’ shot in the second half.

MP United then threatened to launch a late rally when Andrew Chung’s goal in the 60th minute moved the team within one. However, Kanoa held on to remain undefeated in five games.

MP United, with the loss, still has only one win to show this season.

In the other boys U16 division match, TanHoldings got win No. 3 after downing Matansa, 4-1.

Kohtaro Goto led the victory after recording a hat trick. His goals came in succession late in the second half, as he scored in the 50th, 58th, and 60th minute. TanHoldings’ other goal came from Mark Joseph Roque, who found the back of the net in the 34th minute.

Matansa’s lone goal was courtesy of Carl Salas in the 27th minute and the team kept the upper hand in the first half before TanHoldings found its rhythm in the second to foil its foe’s bid for an upset.

TanHoldings 11, Kanoa 3

TanHoldings kept its perfect record following a lopsided win over Kanoa.

Jannah Casarino did most of the damage for TanHoldings as she fired seven goals, five of them came in the first half to lift their team to a 7-3 halftime lead.

Kaithlyn Chavez, Stephanie Flores, Allyssya Angeles, and Mary Joy Aniana chipped in one goal apiece in TanHoldings’ crushing of Kanoa, which drew twin goals from Sharmaine Francisco and one from Kristelle Itaas.

Southern United 2, MP United 0
In the other match in the division, Southern United shut down MP United.

Lillian Podziewski and Keisha Deleon Guerrero made one goal apiece for Southern United, which earned its third win in five games.

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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