Twin titles for MPU; Kanoa takes one


MP United Football Club U15 players pose with their medals and trophy after beating TanHoldings, 2-1, in the finals of the 2019-2020 Holiday Futsal Jam last Sunday at the TSL Sports Complex. Also in the photo are tournament organizers Lanie Santos, standing left, and Catherine Attao-Toves, standing right. (Contributed Photo)

MP United Football Club notched a pair of championships, while Kanoa Football Club got one as the 2019-2020 Holiday Futsal Jam wrapped up last Sunday at the TSL Sports Complex.

MP United won the co-ed U12 and boys U15 division crowns, while Kanoa took the girls U16 tiara.

The co-ed U12 division finals had to be decided via shootout, as MP United came back from a 0-2 halftime deficit against TanHoldings to force a draw at the end of the regulation. Kaithlyn Chavez scored in the 12th and 13th minute to give TanHoldings the upper hand before she sat down on their bench for a while, leaving MP United with the opportunity to fight back. Tristan Raho moved MP United within one with his conversion in the 28th minute and also hit the equalizer in the 34th.

MP United completed the come-from-behind victory following a 2-1 triumph in the shootout. Ian Song and Moshe Sikkel delivered the shots for MP United, while only Chavez scored for TanHoldings.

Joining MP United and TanHoldings in the Top 3 was Shirley’s Football Club, which defeated Kanoa, 3-1, in the consolation game. Beneth Haro bagged a pair of Shirley’s, while Jurvin Bisek scored the other goal for the squad. Kanoa drew its lone goal from Rooney Gil.

Meanwhile, MP United dealt TanHoldings another heartbreaker after eking out a 2-1 win in the boys U15 title game of the tournament organized by Saipan Soccer School and Northern Mariana Islands Football Association.

Cody Shimizu and Richard Castro hit the board for MP United with the former scoring in the 12th minute and the latter 10 minutes later. TanHoldings’ only goal in the finale was made in the 18th minute, courtesy of Oliver Fajardo.

In the third place game in the boys U15 division, Kanoa-1 dominated Kanoa-2, 17-8. Jaydeen Jose led Kanoa-1’s victory after firing five goals, while Markus Toves chipped in four. Christian Camoral also had four goals for Kanoa-2.

After settling for the third place honors in the boys U15 division, Kanoa managed to bring home a championship after topping the girls U16 event.

Kanoa won over Southern United in the finals, 4-2, behind the three goals of Paulynn Joyce. Joyce had back-to-back shots with her goals in the third and 11th minute and completed the hat trick in the 30th, while Stephanie Flores made the other goal for the champion team after finding her target in the 14th minute.

Chavez and Lilian Podziewski scored the two goals for Southern United and both were registered in the second half with the former lighting up the board in the 28th minute and the latter doing the same nine minutes later.

In the third place game, Shirley’s eased past TanHoldings, 7-3.

Katrina Costales recorded three goals to power Shirley’s past TanHoldings, which got one goal apiece from Rizza Relucio, Audrey Castro, and Julie Ann Capayas.

MP United Football Club co-ed U12 players gather for a photo after the awards presentation in the 2019-2020 Holiday Futsal Jam last Sunday at the TSL Sports Complex. Joining them in the photo are tournament organizers Lanie Santos, standing left, and Catherine Attao-Toves, standing right. (Contributed Photo)

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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