MPU’s Lee leads Golden Boot race


Kanoa Football Club’s Andruw Omelau, left, seen here trying to prevent TanHoldings Football Club’s Taka Borja from saving the ball, is with MP United Football Club’s Oliver Lee, inset, and TanHoldings’ Mark Esalan in the Top 3 for the Golden Boot race in the boys U19 division of the 2020 NMIFA Spring Youth League. (Saipan Tribune Photo)

MP United Football Club’s Oliver Lee is alone at the top spot for the Golden Boot race in the boys U19 division of the 2020 NMIFA Spring Youth League.

After four matches at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville, Lee has recorded 10 goals and is so far the only player in the division to have goals in twin digits.

He made it to the board in all of MP United’s four games, showing his best scoring output in their 16-0 demolition of Kanoa Football Club 2 last March after tallying six goals. Lee earlier debuted in the season with a hat trick, lifting MP United to a 8-0 triumph over the CNMI Boys U15 National Team last Feb. 14. The MP United striker’s two other goals were registered against Kanoa FC 1 (last Feb. 21) and TanHoldings (Feb. 28).

Lee is ahead by three goals against Kanoa FC 1’s Andruw Omelau, who did not score in the team’s first two matches, but made up for his silence when he collected five goals in their 12-2 win over Kanoa FC 2 last March 13. Omelau’s two other goals were posted in their 5-2 victory against the NMI U15 last March 6.

TanHoldings’ Mark Esalan joined Omelau and Lee in the Top 3 for the battle for the Golden Boot award after gaining five goals. Esalan delivered three goals in their 4-0 win over the NMI U15 last March 13 and one apiece versus Kanoa 2 and MP United.

Meanwhile, NMI U15’s Andrew Chung and MP United’s Kaden Church have four goals apiece to share the No. 4 spot in the leaderboard, while TanHoldings’ John Paul Cruz, Kohtaro Goto, MP United’s John Bucayo, and Kanoa 1’s Daniel Mar Pablo are also in a tie for fifth after logging three goals apiece.

Matches in the boys U19 division along with the other age groups competitions are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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