Semis-bound CTSI Petmalu blanks foes


CTSI Petmalu’s Joshua De Leon surveys the pitch before kicking the ball during their co-ed U18 division game against ABCD FC in Saipan Soccer School’s 2018 Youth Futsal Tournament this month at the TSL Sports Complex. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

CTSI Petmalu hammered La Fabrica, 7-0, to avoid an early collision against the unbeaten Bruv in the co-ed U18 division of Saipan Soccer School’s 2018 Youth Futsal Tournament.

CTSI Petmalu finished third in the team standings after dominating La Fabrica in the final elimination game last Thursday night at the TSL Sports Complex. The No. 3 CTSI Petmalu earned a 2-2-1 win-loss-draw record and will face Suplex City (3-1-1) in the semifinals this Thursday. Bruv (5-0-0) and ABCD FC (2-1-2) will meet in the other Final Four pairing tonight at 7:30pm, while La Fabrica (1-0-4) and Islanders FC (0-0-5) were booted out of the competition.

A balance scoring helped CTSI Petmalu win its last game and dislodge ABCD FC at the third spot. Five different players hit the board for CTSI Petmalu with Thaiphi Austria leading the way after making a pair. Jonathan Capayas, Britanny Wally, Joshua Abragan, and Joshua De Leon chipped one apiece, while the squad’s third goal in the second half came off La Fabrica’s error.

CTSI Petmalu’s team in the co-ed U12 division also delivered in its last game before the playoffs after shutting down Kanoa Ali’i, 4-0.

Carvin Cruzat knocked in two goals for CTSI Petmalu, while Audrey Castro and Pia Ngewakl contributed one apiece. CTSI Petmalu ended the preliminary round with a 3-1-2 mark, beating Tinsel Toes in the tie for second place, 6-2 (goal difference). The No.2 CTSI scored 20 goals and gave up 14, while Tinsel Toes tallied 28 and yielded 26. Tinsel Toes and CTSI will square off this Thursday for the second finals ticket in the division, while the top-ranked Betde (4-1-1) will dispute the first finals berth against Kanoa Ali’i (0-1-5).

Meanwhile, Fake Madrid finished the preliminary round of the co-ed U15 division unscathed after downing CNMI United, 8-3.

Kaden Church drilled four goals to power Fake Madrid to its sixth win in as many games. Rintaro Miyawaki added two goals, while Paulynn Joyce and Katrina Costales made one apiece.

CNMI United’s three goals all came from Ian Maniago and with the squad getting only two wins it finished third in the rankings and will meet Betde United (4-0-2) in the second semifinals game in the division this Thursday at 5:30pm.

In the first semis tiff today, also at 5:30pm, the undefeated Fake Madrid will battle the winless Marianas United.

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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