Southern United holds Paire to draw

Paire Football Club’s Gillian Villagomez warms up before their game against Southern United FC in the 2018 Dove Fall Women’s League last Wednesday night at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Southern United Football Club and Paire FC went back and forth and settled for a draw, 5-5, during their game in the 2018 Dove Fall Women’s League last Wednesday night at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

CNMI Women’s National Team member Britanny Wally scored four goals for Southern United, including the game-tying one in the 82nd minute. She earlier made the first goal in the match in the 11th minute, while Tasilyn Ramon knocked in the equalizer for Paire in the 30th.

Another conversion from Wally handed the lead back to Southern United in the 34th minute, but Paire forced the second deadlock with Jeraldine Castillo finding the back of the net a minute before the 45-minute first half ended.

In the second half, it was still Wally who scored first for Southern United, as she got the hat trick in the 52nd minute to put her team on the driver’s seat anew, 3-2. However, Guine Borja countered eight minutes later to knot the count and then earned her second goal in the 62nd minute to give Paire the upper hand, 4-3.

Paire’s hold to the lead did not last long though, as Katrina Costales hit the board in the 66th minute to force the fourth standoff, 4-4. The scores did not change for a while until Gillian Villagomez broke the tie with her shot in the 78th minute.

However, Paire was denied of its first win and had to settle for another draw when Wally came to Southern United’s rescue.

In the other game this week, Kanoa FC earned its first win of the season in the 11 a side competition after shutting down Shirley’s FC last Monday, 2-0.

Sharmaine Francisco and Sue Ann Huevos delivered the goals for Kanoa with the former finding the back of the net in the 13th minute and the latter in the 26th.

Kanoa will gun for win No. 2 on Monday when it takes on Southern United, while Shirley’s aims to bounce back when it faces Paire on Oct. 24.

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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