Twin titles within Knights’ reach


Mt. Carmel School’s Leland Deleon Guerrero, right, leads the Knights’ attack, while teammate Ruben Guerrero follows him during their regular season game against Hopwood Middle School 2 in the 2019 NMIFA Interscholastic Soccer League at the Oleai Sports Complex Field. Mt. Carmel and Hopwood 2 met anew last Wednesday with the Knights winning, 5-1, to advance to the finals. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Mt. Carmel School moved closer to a pair of championships in the 2019 NMIFA Interscholastic Soccer League after prevailing in the semis matches in the middle and elementary school divisions of the competition.

In the middle school semis last Wednesday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville, the Knights cruised past Hopwood Middle School 2, 5-1, to set up a title showdown against the Francisco M. Sablan Middle School, which shut down Saipan International School in the other Final Four pairing, 3-0.

Markus Toves brought Mt. Carmel to the division finale, as he scored all five goals for the Knights. He lit up the board in the 19th, 21st, 37th, 40th, and 66th minute to single-handedly beat Hopwood 2. The Hilitais got their lone goal from Jereme Quimzon.

The easy victory over Hopwood extended Mt. Carmel’s winning run this season to six after it swept the round-robin elimination.

In the other semis game in the division, FMS foiled the highly anticipated SIS-Mt. Carmel finals showdown after stunning the Geckos.

Mark Joshua Roque stepped up for FMS with his pair of goals, while Frank Basa delivered the other goal for the squad. Basa drew first blood with his shot in the 27th, while Roque found his target in the 40th and 63rd minute.

In the elementary division, Mt. Carmel also waltzed its way to the finale after routing Saipan Community School, 6-0.

Michael Calvo towed the Knights to the lopsided victory after making three goals. He scored his first two in the 30th and 37th minute and completed the hat trick in the 38th. Jayson Tagabuel, Julio Monserrat, and Hope Mcquay added one goal apiece after hitting the board in the fourth, 11th, and 13th minute, respectively.

While the Mt. Carmel-SCS semis duel was decided right after the regulation, the other Final Four matchup featuring Garapan Elementary School and William S. Reyes Elementary Schoool went down into a shootout.

The Mallards, who drew the game-tying goal from Claude Ruben, went on to prevail in the decider, 3-2, to set up a finals encounter with the favored Knights.

The schedule of the title matches in the elementary and middle school divisions will be announced next week.

Mt. Carmel School players and team officials pose for a photo after defeating Hopwood Middle School 2 in their semis game in the 2019 NMIFA Interscholastic Soccer League last Wednesday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville. (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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