Saipan Elite, F. Marinos move on top


Saipan Elite’s Jaydee Jose, left, dribbles in front of 4Gives FC’s Royce Angelo Ben during the first half of their boys U16 division game in the Saipan Soccer School’s 2017 Youth Summer Futsal Tournament yesterday at the TSL Sports Complex. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Saipan Elite won the battle of unbeaten teams, while F. Marinos kept its streak in the Saipan Soccer School’s 2017 Youth Summer Futsal Tournament.

In the boys U16 division, Saipan Elite survived 4Gives FC in yesterday’s final game at the TSL Sports Complex, 4-3, to gain the No. 1 spot in the team standings. Saipan Elite improved its win-draw-loss record to 3-1-0, while 4Gives dropped to second place with its 2-1-1 mark.

Saipan Elite built enough cushion in the first half to withstand 4Gives FC’s rally in the second. Rohan Basnet had a pair of goals in the opening 20 minutes, while Rintaro Miyawaki and Oliver Lee added one each also in the first half for Saipan Elite’s 4-1 halftime edge. Andrew Omelau made 4Gives FC’s lone goal in the first frame and added one more in the second, while Kirro Batino logged the other goal for the losing squad.

4Gives FC’s tough defeat came just a day after it eased past HK SSS last Tuesday, 12-1. 4Gives FC broke away in the second half after drilling six goals in the final 20 minutes of the one-sided game. Ronnel Ocanada and Omelau nailed three goals apiece for 4Gives FC, while Batino, Royce Angelo Ben, and Edwin Kim contributed one each. David Kim handed HK its lone goal as the team remains winless after three games.

In the girls U17, F. Marinos notched its third straight victory after dropping its debut following a 4-2 triumph over Hakone FC yesterday.

Guine Borja knocked in two goals, while Bernadette Horey and Ruschelle Valino added one each to lift F. Marinos to the victory, which avenged the squad’s 2-3 loss to Hakone FC in their first meeting. With F. Marinos getting back at Hakone FC, the former now has a 3-0-1 record to share the top spot with the latter.

Hakone FC missed keeping the solo lead as it had only Krizel Tuazon and Sharmaine Francisco scoring for the squad. Hakone FC earlier bagged its third win against Marianas Health Armada, 12-1. Tuazon collected four goals in their easy victory over Marianas Health Armada last Tuesday, while Katrina Costales and Paulyn Joyce chipped in three apiece, and Airda Ngalongalo registered one. Jerlyn Castillo and Britally Wally scored the two goals for Marianas Health Armada, which fell to a 1-0-2 mark.

Meanwhile, there is also a tie for the lead in the co-ed U12.

Kanoa Football Club 2 earned a division best 3-0-1 record after crushing Kanoa FC 1 last Tuesday, 12-1. SSS then joined Kanoa FC 2 at the top spot following a similar convincing victory against Kanoa FC 1 yesterday, 11-5.

Six Kanoa FC 2 players teamed up in whipping Kanoa FC 1. Markus Toves topped the list with his three goals, while John Mark Anastacio, Andrew Sablan, Nolan Ngewakl, and Ruben Guerrero recorded two apiece, and Ronian Laxamana made one. Jim Maniago logged the only goal for Kanoa FC 1, which has yet to break into the win column after four games.

In the SSS-Kanoa FC 1 tiff yesterday, Sean Gil fired seven goals to give the former to its third win. Praise Woo added two goals, while Garrett Weaver and Richard Castro registered one each. Joemil Antonio led Kanoa FC 1’s losing effort with his hat trick, while Maniago posted two goals.

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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