MPU blanks TanHoldings; Matansa wins


MP United Football Club, left, and TanHoldings FC players battle for possession during the first half of their futsal game in the 2018 Dove Fall Women’s League last Sunday at the TSL Sports Complex. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The Masters division of the futsal competition in the 2018 Dove Fall Women’s League kicked off last Sunday at the TSL Sports Complex with MP United Football Club and Matansa FC posting contrasting victories,

In the first game, Matansa survived Kanoa, 6-5, while in the second match, MP United eased past TanHoldings, 3-0.

Tomoko Bogdan, Laarni Zapanta, and Chiharu Sato scored for MP United.

Matansa also spread the wealth in its opener against Kanoa with five of its players lighting up the board. Ivan Gozum had a pair for Matansa, including the go-ahead in the 48th minute. Her other goal was registered in the 38th minute, while Ratree Ditwiset also made a brace, scoring in the 46th and 39th. Bunruang Brasuell and Elna Curate were the other players who delivered for Matansa, hitting their target in the 10th and 24th minute, respectively.

Kathy Mersai handed Kanoa two goals, while Merlie Tolentino, Amelia Quintos, and Lanie Santos chipped in one each. Quintos drew first blood for Kanoa in the 24th minute, while Mersai had back-to-back goals with her first posted in the 30th and the second in the 35th minute. Tolentino had her goal in the 45th, while Santos closed out for Kanoa a minute later.

The Masters division futsal will continue this Sunday with Matansa battling TanHoldings in the first game at 4pm and MP United challenging Kanoa in the second at 5:15pm.

Meanwhile, the 11 a side soccer competition also started last week at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville with Shirley’s FC recording the first win of the season.

Shirley’s dominated Southern United FC in the curtain-raiser, 5-1.

Joannah Carreon towed Shirley’s to the easy win after delivering a hat trick, which she made in succession. Her streak of goals began in the 35th minute, while her final two were tallied in the 77th and 79th. Stella McCallion gave Shirley’s its first goal in the 12th minute, while the team’s last came from Maryjoy Aniana in the 87th. Katrina Costales had the lone goal for Shirley’s and she scored a minute before the 45-minute first half ended.

In other results, Paire FC forced a draw against Kanoa, 4-4, after getting an own goal right in the last minute of the match.

Gillian Villagomez handed Paire two goals, while Guine Borja added one. Lalaine Pagarao also had a brace for Kanoa, which got one goal apiece from Therize Millare and Mary Kay Alferos.

Women’s league games at the NMISTC are played every Monday and Wednesday night with the first match set for 6pm and the second at 8pm.

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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