William S. Reyes Elementary School 2 is the Group C winner and is the latest team to make it to the playoffs after defeating Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School, 9-1, last Wednesday in their 2022-2023 NMIFA-PSS Interscholastic Soccer League elementary school game at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.
The Kingfishers handled the ball early as they made their first goal eight minutes into the game, courtesy of Aldric Jon Antonio.
The Deers tried to steer through the high-flying Kingfishers but were just a deer in the headlights as they could not get past their defenders and goalie.
While the Deers fumbled for their footing, the Kingfishers continued their shower of goals into the net, with Joshua Lizama, Salman Kamal, and Roswele Castillo putting their team up by four in the first half.
In the second half, John Paul Binghit scored one goal for the Kingfishers, with Castillo and Kamal taking turns at the goal, scoring two more goals each.
The lone goal for the Deers was made by Kymaira Rabauliman.
The Kingfishers 2 are Aldric Jon Antonio, John Paul Binghit, Roswele Castillo, Darshwana Chhetri, Salman Kamal, Joshua Lizama, Michael Olaitiman, Jiro Quindoza, Izaiah Tenorio, and Canisio Williams.
The elementary school division quarterfinal soccer games are scheduled for today, with Group C winner WSR 2 going up against Group B’s second-best San Vicente Elementary School 1, while Group A winner Koblerville Elementary School 1 goes against third best WSR 1, with both games at 4pm.
Group B winner Garapan Elementary School 1 will square off against third-best Saipan International School, while Group A’s second-best Grace Christian Academy will take on Group C’s second-best KES 2, with both games at 5pm.
KES-2 2, SVES-2
It was a battle of twos as Koblerville Elementary School 2 and San Vicente Elementary School 2 duked it out on the field and ended with a tie of 2 goals apiece.
With this game, the Umangs 2 team makes it to the quarterfinals as the second-best team in Group C. Their record stands at three wins, one draw, and one loss.
Julian Mettao of the Umangs graced the field with two goals— one in the first half and one in the second half.
The Canaries’ John Sampang found the net and scored one goal, with Edwin Kaipat scoring the other.
The Umangs and Canaries battled it out on the field for the rest of the game but were too exhausted to put up any more goals on the scoreboard, for a final draw result of 2-2.
KagEs 2, BSS 0
In the last game of the day, Kagman Elementary School Blue Marlins shut down Brilliant Star School, 2-0.
The game went on quietly as the youngsters took turns trying to get the ball in the other’s net, with the first goal of the game 20 minutes in made by the Marlins’ Benaiah Murphy.
Brilliant Star tried to execute some attempts at the net but came up short as they went empty handed throughout the game.
The final goal was made by Jayton Dela Cruz in the 34th minute of the second half, to collect the win for the Marlins, 2-0.
The Northern Mariana Islands Football Association coordinates the 2022-2023 NMIFA-PSS Interscholastic Soccer League along with the Public School System Athletic Program.