BLACK ROSES ONE WIN AWAY FROM WOMEN’S TITLE
Black Roses is one win away from assuming a familiar spot in the FFAS’ National League, that of champions after their latest win, a 2-1 triumph over Green Bay on Nov. 17, 2012 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
They managed to hold off Green Bay 2-1 despite playing at a disadvantage with only eight players against their opponent’s full squad of 11.
In the only other women’s game scheduled, Kiwi won by default over Taputimu Youth 3-0.
Angela Sao and Meleane Ioapo, two of the best female players in American Samoa, scored a goal apiece in each half to help Black Roses retain the women’s FFAS National Cup while at the same time moving their team a step closer to the title it did not capture last year.
Scoring the lone goal was Sulu Meemee for Green Bay.
The Black Roses two games remaining in the season are against Taputimu Youth and Utulei Youth and all they need to clinch the championship is to win either one.
If not, Utulei has the chance of upsetting them for the title should they win their last two matches, against Kiwi on Nov. 24 and Black Roses on Nov. 30, but they need the leading team to lose both games.
Black Roses leads the division with 24 points followed by Utulei Youth with 20.
KIWI SOCCERS 3, TAPUTIMU YOUTH 0
Taputimu Youth failed to show up to the field during the allotted time of their match and five minutes later the game was called by default for Kiwi Soccers.
PAGO YOUTH: UNOFFICIAL, THREE-PEAT CHAMPIONS
Pago Youth A are unofficial three-peat champions of soccer in American Samoa after their latest, 3-1 win over the Tafuna Jets during the challenge match for the FFAS National Cup on Nov. 17, 2012 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
That win has Pago A leading the standing by seven points over its nearest competitor, Black Roses (32-25) with two games remaining in the season. Should Pago A loses its last two games they still have a one-point cushion to earn their third title in as many years.
In other games played last Saturday it was Lion Heart A 3, Pago Youth B 1; Utulei Youth 3, Vaitogi 0 by forfeit and Black Roses 3, Kiwi 0 by default. The latter match was a scheduled forfeiture after Kiwi defaulted for the second time two weeks ago.
With the championship secure, the bottom two teams for the promotion/relegation stage have also been determined with Pago Youth B solidly in No. 7 and Kiwi in No. 8. Both teams will play against the top two teams from Division 2 for a chance to either stay in Division 1 or fall to Division 2 for the 2013 season.
PAGO YOUTH A 3, TAFUNA JETS 1
These two teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first half and an upset was in the works with the Jets leading 1-0 going into the second half on a Sam ‘Pili’ Taulealo penalty kick.
But in the second half Rambo Tapui started things off with a perfectly struck free kick from the penalty box edge to equalize and Ben Mauga gave his team the go-ahead score that would help Pago A clinch the 2012 FFAS National League title unofficially.
Alatina Vaiali’i headed in a corner kick to complete the game’s final tally.
LION HEART A 3, PAGO YOUTH B 1
This loss cemented Pago Youth B’s place in No. 7 and the second and last spot for the promotion/relegation stage to be held at the end of the 2012 FFAS National League season.
The win helped Lion Heart A pull away from Pago Youth B with 15-7 points in the standings and safely away from the relegation zone.
A scoreless first half turned into a 3-1 advantage for Lion Heart A in the second half off of goals from Shawn Afoa, Ufi Feagaimaali’i and Hiva Tuulau.
UTULEI YOUTH 3, VAITOGI UNITED 0 (FORFEIT)
Utulei Youth was awarded the win by default after Vaitogi failed to show up during the allotted time for their match.
The loss by forfeit is the first for Vaitogi this season.
FC SKBC holds off Ilaoa & To’omata 3-2
For the second straight week penalty kicks helped FC SKBC retain the men’s Division 2 FFAS National Cup in a 3-2 win over a strong challenge from Ilaoa & To’omata on Nov. 17 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
Ilaoa & To’omata was penalized twice inside the box with Tala Luvu calmly putting them into the back of the net to help FC SKBC hold on to the cup for another week.
In other games it was Atu’u Broncos 4, Lion Heart B 2; PanSa 5, Vaiala Tongan 1 and Taputimu Youth 3, Green Bay 0 in a win by default. This is the second loss by default for Green Bay this season and by rule this means they are now out of the competition.
FC SKBC 3, ILAOA & TO’OMATA 2
With the game tied at 2-2, FC SKBC’s Raynold Krishna scored the game-winner to help FC SKBC win a very closely contested match.
Ilaoa & To’omata had a chance minutes later to tie the game but Tala Fa’alavaau pushed a penalty kick far right on the attempt.
Two penalty kicks in the first half gave FC SKBC a 2-0 lead before a PK by Aliva Afele made it 2-1 and Sefo Ipiniu helped out with the equalizer.
Taputimu Youth will challenge Ilaoa & To’omata for the cup this coming Saturday.
ATU’U BRONCOS 4, LION HEART B 2
Malala Iose scored the lone goal of the first half to put the Broncos up 1-0 at the break.
In the second half they played strong again with three more goals before allowing Lion Heart B to score two consolation goals for a final score of 4-2.
PANSA 5, VAIALA TONGAN 1
PanSa kept alive their hopes of cracking into the top two spots of the division with a hard-fought 5-1 win over Vaiala Tongan.
At the moment FC SKBC leads the division with 33 points while Taputimu Youth is second with 28 and PanSa is third with 27 points in the standings.
There are two more games remaining on the schedule and the top two finishers of the division head to the promotion/relegation round against the 7th and 8th seeds of Division 1.
Desmond Tuupule has been on a scoring roll with two more goals added to his name this past Saturday for PanSa. At the end of the first half they were leading 2-0.
TAPUTIMU YOUTH 3, GREEN BAY 0 (FORFEIT)
Green Bay failed to show up to the field during the allotted time of their match and five minutes later the game was called by default for Taputimu Youth.
This is the second time this season Green Bay has defaulted and are now disqualified from the competition with two games remaining on the schedule.