TanHoldings hands Kanoa first loss in co-ed U12 division


Southern United Football Club, second left, and TanHoldings players collide as they battle for the ball during the second half of their girls U15 division game in the NMIFA youth league last Saturday at the Francisco Mendiola Sablan Middle School Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

TanHoldings grabbed the lead from Kanoa-1 after posting a 7-2 victory in their co-ed U12 duel in the 2017 NMIFA Youth Spring League last Saturday at the Hopwood Junior High School Field.

John Anthony Bergancia powered TanHoldings to the big win after scoring four goals, three of them came in the first half. He made it to the board in the fifth minute and then got his second and third in the 17th and 18th, while his last was registered in the 44th. Three other TanHoldings players hit the board for the new division leader with Andrei Kaith Lynn Echavez, Joseph Mark Roque, and Angelo Pulido lighting up the board in the 17th, 43rd, and 52nd minute, respectively.

TanHoldings now has a 4-1-1 record, one win ahead of Kanoa-1, which absorbed its first loss this season after winning its first three matches and drawing its fourth. Only Markus Toves scored for Kanoa-1 last Saturday with his first goal made in the 18th and the second in the 47th.

In the other co-ed U12 division game, MP United kept the third spot in the five-team field after downing Kanoa-2, 8-1.

Garett Weaver, Andrew Chung, Cody Shimizu, and Kristoffer Pascual scored two goals apiece for MP United, which improved to a 3-2-1 record.

Kanoa-2, which drew its two goals from Ronian Laxamana, is still winless in five games to remain at the bottom of the team standings.

Meanwhile, TanHoldings barged into the win column of the girls U15 division after edging Southern United, 1-0, last weekend at the Francisco Mendiola Sablan Middle School Field.

Mary Joy Aniana registered the lone goal in the game in the 50th minute to hand TanHoldings its first victory this season after dropping its first three. With the win, TanHoldings moved up a bit in the team standings, as it now occupies the sixth spot, while Southern United is at the bottom with its 1-0-3 slate.

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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