Southern United dominates


Southern United Football Club’s Mariana Castro, left, dribbles in front of Shirley’s Football Club’s Heather Zona during the second half of their Division B title match in the 2019 Dove Women’s Fall League last Friday at the TSL Sports Complex. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Southern United Football Club eased its way to a 9-4 title win over Shirley’s Football Club in Division B of the 2019 Dove Women’s Fall League last Friday at the TSL Sports Complex.

Southern United pulled away in the second half of the finale to finish the season undefeated and secure the division championship. Keisha Deleon Guerrero scored two of Southern United’s six goals in the final 25 minutes of the title match to break the game wide open. Her pair of goals posted in the 36th and 42nd minute allowed Deleon Guerrero to earn a hat trick in the finale, as she earlier hit the back of the net in the first half (12th minute).

Four other Southern United players lit up the board in the finals, making it hard for Shirley’s defense to decide how to neutralize its opponents with the eventual champion team having multiple options on offense.

Tricia Roque and Nathanette Blas added two goals for Southern United with the latter scoring in the ninth and 30th minute and the former doing the same in the 18th and 38th. Mariana Castro contributed one goal in the 28th minute, wile Erin Frink closed out for Southern with her conversion in the 44th.

Shirley’s drew goals from only three players with Marielle Gariguez making two after getting her first in the 33rd and the second in the 46th. Marielle’s sibling, Marilou Arriola, also scored in the second half with her shot in the 48th, while Shirley’s lone goal in the first half was courtesy of Heather Zona in the 23rd minute.

Meanwhile, in the battle for third place, TanHoldings also earned an easy win after shutting down Kanoa, 12-0.

TanHoldings set up the blowout after firing eight goals in the first half. Rizza Relucio led TanHoldings’ early assault after recording four goals, while Julie Ann Capayas added two, and siblings Tamia and Tyana Hix contributed one apiece.

Despite handing TanHoldings a big advantage, Relucio was not done yet, as she posted three more goals, while Capayas chipped in one to complete their domination of Kanoa.

TanHoldings and Shirley’s received trophies for placing third and second in Division B, while Southern United players got medals besides the championship trophy during the brief awards ceremony.

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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