Southern United Football Club recovered quickly from a season opening loss after outclassing Kanoa Football Club, 4-2, in their girls U17 game in the 2020 NMIFA Spring Youth League last Saturday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.
Southern United, which dropped its opener against TanHoldings last Feb. 15, broke into the win column after drawing goals from four different players and despite allowing Kanoa to score first in their duel.
Sharmaine Francisco put Kanoa on the board with her goal in the 14th minute, but Tricia Mae Roque knotted the count in the 28th minute. The first half ended in a deadlock, as both teams hung tough on defense.
In the second half, Summer Manahane helped Southern United grab the lead when she found the back of the net in the 40th minute, while a goal from Megan Mae Elayda two minutes later gave their team more cushion, 3-1. Southern United then made it three in a row, courtesy of Keisha Deleon Guerrero’s conversion in the 67th minute, while Kanoa closed out a minute later behind Kristelle Itaas’ shot.
BOYS U19 DIVISION
Kanoa 1 2, MP United 1
Kanoa, after settling for a draw against TanHoldings in the season opener, got win No. 1 following a close triumph over MP United last Friday.
Daniel Mar Pablo lifted Kanoa to its first victory after scoring the team’s twin goals. He got his first in the sixth minute and the go-ahead in the 46th. Oliver Lee delivered the lone goal for MP United, which played its opening match of the season.
TanHoldings 12, Kanoa 2 0
In the other game in the division, TanHoldings proved to be too much for Kanoa 2.
Mark Esalan and Reginald Pascual made two goals apiece to lead TanHoldings’ assault, while Kohtaro Goto, Joshua Waldo, John Paul Cruz, Taka Borja, Terrance Montenegro, and Joshua Mendez chipped in one goal apiece.