Teen Ayuyus get solo lead in Division A
The Teen Ayuyus took the solo lead in Division A of the M-League after downing MP United, 8-3, last Sunday at the Hopwood Middle School Field.
The victory was fifth in as many games for Teen Ayuyus, who moved one victory ahead of idle TanHoldings, which is also still perfect in the division, holding a 4-0-0 win-draw-loss record.
Sunjoon Tenorio scored three goals in MP United’s easy win, while Joshua Abragan contributed two. John Michael Rojas, Anthony Fruit, and John Colisao chipped in one each. Abragan gave MP United its first goal in the 11th minute and the last in the opening half (31st), while Tenorio hit back-to-back with his penalty shot in the 17th and a regular goal seven minutes later. Tenorio then completed his hat trick in the 49th minute, while Rojas, Fruit, and Colisao hit the board in the 52nd, 80th, and 84th, respectively.
As for MP United, Young Bin Kim delivered two goals, scoring in the 36th and 60th minute, while Yoshi Mafnas added one in the 74th, but these were not enough to prevent their team from staying at the bottom of the team standings in the seven-squad field. MP United holds a 1-0-4 slate.
In other Division A results, Paire and Sun Palace defeated their respective opponents.
Paire topped Okadaya, 2-0 to break into win column after drawing its first match and losing the next four. Kosuke Matsumoto and Bruce Berline found the back of the net in the 42nd and 65th minute to give Paire its first victory this season.
With the shutout win, Paire moved up to No. 5 in the team standings, slightly ahead of Okadaya, which dropped to a 1-0-4 card.
Sun Palace kept the No. 3 spot as it improved to a 3-0-1 mark following a 4-1 triumph over Kanoa (1-1-3). Joe Miller stood out for Sun Palace after making a hat trick, while Jun Sik Kim earned the other goal for the squad. Sebastian Manabat logged the only goal for Kanoa, averting a shutout loss for his team after finding his target in the second half.
Meanwhile, in Division B, Shirley’s got its first victory of the season after a 0-2 start as it crushed the CNMI Women’s National Team, 8-3, at the Koblerville Elementary School Field.
Jack Phan starred in Shirley’s win after posting three goals, gaining his first right in the opening minute of the one-sided match and the last two in the 58th and 89th. Sung Bae Park and Woo Seok Choi contributed two goals each, while Ariel Jinang added one.
Therize Millare had a pair for the CNMI Women’s National Team, which is winless in four games. Irish Pagarao scored the other goal for the Commonwealth’s women’s crew.
In the other Division B game, Matansa was given a free win after Korean Football Association on Saipan failed to come up with enough players for last weekend’s match. Matansa now has a 5-0-0 record to remain on top of the team standings.