TanHoldings-1 keeps clean slate


TanHoldings Football Club-1’s Mark Chavez, right, steps into the play to get the ball, while his teammate and a Kanoa FC-1 player collide as they battle for possession during the second half of their co-ed U12 division game in the 2018 NMIFA Spring Youth League last Saturday at the Hopwood Middle School Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

TanHoldings Football Club-1 is still undefeated in the 2018 NMIFA Spring Youth League following a close 3-2 victory over Kanoa FC-1 last Saturday at Hopwood Middle School Field.

Anthony Bergancia knocked in a pair of goals, while Mark Joseph Roque chipped in one to hand TanHoldings-1 a 3-0-0 win-draw-loss record and the solo lead in the six-team field. TanHoldings-1’s two earlier wins were against Matansa FC in the opening of the season, 5-4, and versus TanHoldings-2 in Week 2, 15-2.

Bergancia made both his goals in the first half, as he scored in the fourth minute and 24th. Roque’s lone goal also came in the opening 30 minutes of play when he found the back of the net in the 13th minute.

Kanoa-1, which fell to a 1-1-1 mark, got its first goal from Leland Deleon Guerrero in the eighth minute, while the other one was courtesy of Markus Toves three minutes later, giving the squad a shaky 2-1 advantage.

Kanoa-1, which won its opener against Kanoa-2, 4-1, and drew MP United in its second game, 5-5, eventually lost the precarious lead when Roque and Bergancia teamed up in delivering the needed goals for TanHoldings-1.

MP United 7, Kanoa-2 2
MP United earned win No. 2 after dominating Kanoa-2.

Cosmo Hata and Dev Bachani recorded two goals apiece for MP United, which drew one each from Audrey Castro, Andrew Chung, and Cody Shimizu. Hata hit back-to-back goals in a span of six minutes (second and eighth minute), while Castro, Chung, and Shimizu lit up the board in the 15th, 22nd, and 27th to lift MP United to a 5-1 halftime edge.

Markus Pelisamen gave Kanoa-2 its lone goal in the first half (25th minute) and also logged the second in the 47th minute. Bachani then closed out the game with a brace, as he got his first in the 37th and the last in the 52nd.

Matansa 5, TanHoldings-2 0
Matansa notched its second straight win after losing its season debut.

Chanyang Woo and Jose Rafael Lopez joined forces in handing Matansa victory No. 2. Woo posted a hat trick in consecutive fashion, while Lopez made two. Woo’s string of goals started in the 15th minute, while his last two came in the 20th and 24th. Lopez picked up where Woo left off, as the former found his target in the 36th and 51st minute.

TanHoldings 6, Kanoa 0

TanHoldings shut out Kanoa to win its opening game for the season.

Four different players scored in TanHoldings’ strong start with Mark Esalan kicking things off for the squad after lighting up the board in the 25th minute. He also registered TanHoldings’ last goal in the 84th minute.

Other scorers for TanHoldings were Joshua Mendez, George Shokarev, and Emmanuel Aniana.

MP United 3, NDT 1
MP United posted its second win after outclassing National Development Team.

Rintaro Miyawaki, Dai Podziewski, and Alex Park scored in the sixth, 44th, and 48th minute, respectively, to give MP United its second victory in as many games. Ryan Relucio averted a shutout loss for NDT after finding the back of the net in the 74th minute.

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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