Shirley’s pulls away; Paire-1 stays on top


Paire Football Club-2’s Kathy Ruszala, right, scans the field before kicking the ball, while Kanoa Football Club’s Shirley Kim tries to catch up on defense during their Masters Division game in the Dove Women’s Spring League 2021 last Sunday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville. (Contributed Photo)

Shirley’s Football Club widened its lead in Divisions A and B of the Dove Women’s Spring League 2021, while Paire Football Club-1 remained in the driver’s seat in the Masters Division after last Sunday’s matches at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

Shirley’s defeated Kanoa Football Club, 5-2, to keep its unbeaten record in six games in Division A and earn three victories ahead of Southern United FC. Jerlyn Castillo scored three goals for Shirley’s sweep of the second round, while Gabrielle Race and Katrina Costales contributed one apiece.

Irish Pagarao posted the pair of goals for Kanoa, which dropped to third place in the team standings of the three-round robin competition.

In other results in the division, Southern United notched win No. 3 after dominating TanHoldings, 7-3.

Kaithlyn Chavez powered Southern United to the easy victory with her hat trick, while Jannah Casarino chipped in two goals, and Pia Ngewakl added one. Southern also got an own goal.

TanHoldings, which is still winless going into the third and last round of the regular season, drew its three goals from Audrey Castro.

Shirley’s 2, MP United 0

Shirley’s also gained a sizeable lead in Division B after shutting down MP United FC.

Alexa Vergara and Jhaza Mirano made one goal apiece, lifting Shirley’s to its sixth win in as many matches and three victories ahead of TanHoldings.

Shirley’s is just two games away from sweeping the two-round robin regular season.

TanHoldings 3, Kanoa 1
TanHoldings moved up to second place following its triumph over Kanoa.

Claire Barroza delivered twin goals for TanHoldings, which improved its win-draw-loss record 3-1-2 to take the No. 2 spot in the team rankings from Southern United. Julie Anna Capayas registered the other goal for TanHoldings, while Kanoa’s lone goal was courtesy of Ivan Gozum.

Paire-1 4, Matansa 1

Linday Davis was on target early in last weekend’s game to help Paire-2 beat Matansa.

Davis kicked things off for Paire-1 with her goal in the fourth minute and got another one two minutes to set the stage for their fifth in in six games. Paire-1 remains on top of the team standings in the division with its one victory-lead over Paire-2.

Paire got all its first goal against Matansa in the first half with Elizabeth Culp and Natalie Hill-Beyer hitting the fourth in the 12th and 22nd minute, respectively. Rattree Ditwiser Frederick found the back of the net in the 23rd minute to avert a shutout loss for Matansa.

Paire-2 3, Kanoa 0
Paire-2 remains a threat to sister team Paire-1 for the top seeding in the division after getting win No. 4.

Three different players scored for Paire-2 with Robyn Spaeth finding her target in the 16th minute and Shawna Brennfleck and Amanda Dunn in the 25th and 46th, respectively.

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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