Perez, Jambor lead Golden Boot race


Tan Holdings’ Sean Perez and Martin Jambor are tied for the lead in the Golden Boot race in Division 1 of the 2016 M-League.

At the conclusion of Week 7 games, the two Tan Holdings players collected six goals each to pace Paire/Inter Godfather’s Ajani Burrel (5) and Chris Nelson (4), Korean Football Association’s Brian Lee (4), Paire/Inter’s Yogesh Singh (3), and MP United’s Sun Bae Park (3).

Burrel joined Nelson at the No.2 spot after scoring Paire/Inter’s lone goal in their 1-1 draw against MP United in one of the five matches played in Week 7 (March 20). The league did not play last weekend in observance of Easter Sunday.

Lee added three to make it to the leaderboard as his hat-trick powered KFAS to a 5-2 win against Matansa, while Perez and Jambor’s Tan Holdings had a bye in Wee 7.

With Burrel earning another goal and helping Paire/Inter forced a draw against MP United, his squad moved on top of the team standings with its 3-1-1 win-draw-loss record and 10 points. KFAS is at second place with its 3-0-1 slate, followed by MP United (2-2-1), Tan Holdings (2-1-1), and Matansa (0-0-6). Paire/Inter also has the most goals so far with 20, while KFAS and Tan Holdings have 12 each. MP United and Matansa have 11 and four, respectively.

Meanwhile, in Division 2, Sun Palace (4-1-1) gathered the most goals in six games with 16—seven of them came from Golden Boot frontrunner Sang Ho Choi. Choi is ahead of Shirley’s’ Kazuaki Togo (6), World Resort’s Daniel Agulto (4), Thundercats’ Juan Peter Oh (4), fellow Sun Palace player Jun Sik Kim (4), CNMI Women’s National Team’s Jeralyn Castillo (3) and Kanoa’s Jae Kwang Oh (3).

Togo registered one goal in their 2-1 victory against Kanoa in Week 7, while Kim’s lone goal lifted Sun Palace to a close win against World Resort. Oh also scored in Week 7 for the Thundercats’ 1-1 draw against WNT.

With Togo leading Shirley’s to victory, his team kept the top spot as the division leader improved to a 5-0-2 record. Sun Palace is in second place with its 4-1-1 card, while World Resort is ranked third with its 3-1-3 slate. The Thundercats (2-2-3), Kanoa (2-1-3), and WNT (1-1-5) are in fourth to sixth place.

Action in the Men’s League will resume this weekend at the Oleai Sports Complex with Kanoa facing the Thundercats on Saturday at 4:30pm. This Sunday, the schedule matches are Paire/Inter vs KFAS at 12pm; Shirley’s vs Sun Palace at 1:30pm; Tan Holdings vs Matansa at 3pm, and World Resort vs WNT at 4:30pm.

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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