Mt. Carmel, Koblerville triumph


Mt. Carmel School and Koblerville Elementary School reigned supreme in the 2017 PSS/NMIFA Fall U11 Interscholastic Soccer League after shutting down their respective opponents yesterday at the Hopwood Middle School Field.

In the boys division finals, the Knights topped Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School, 4-0, while Koblerville edged out William S. Reyes Elementary School in the girls title match, 1-0.

Mt. Carmel was right on target off the bat, leaving GTC with little room to keep up with the dominant Knights in the one-sided finale. The eventual champions scored all their goals in the first half behind the hat trick of Andrew Sablan. Sablan got his first goal in the 10th minute and the last two in back-to-back fashion, as he hit the board in the 15th and 19th. Markus Toves drilled the other goal for the Knights in the 13th minute.

With its comfortable lead, Mt. Carmel had the luxury of shuffling its players to give its starters the much-deserved rest after a strong start and allow its role players to get the feel of the title game. GTC, on the other hand, stuck with its key players and although it made a couple of attempts, the Binadu simply could not convert them into goals.

Meanwhile, Megan Mae Elayda delivered the lone goal in Koblerville’s title win over WSR. She scored in the first half and ended up making five this season to take the Golden Boot award presented at the conclusion of the two championship games.

Garapan’s Kenny Laquian won the Golden Boot award in the boys division, while Mt. Carmel School’s Vicente Reyes and Koblerville’s Brinel Quitugua got the Golden Glove awards.

The Knights and Umangs were presented with the championship trophies, while Northern Mariana Islands Football Association staff members also recognized the runners-up and third finishers in the league in both divisions.

Garapan placed third after beating WSR in the consolation match, 3-0, while GTC rounded out the Top 3 in the girls division after prevailing against Mt. Carmel in a shootout, 1-0.

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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