Black Roses earns double titles with President’s Cup championship
Black Roses have now completed a triple crown championship year for 2012 with the latest title in the bag after a 2-1, extra time win over Kiwi Soccers in the women’s FFAS President’s Cup final on Dec. 8.They wrapped up their second championship of the year by winning the National League title with a perfect record of 10-0 while winning the women’s 5-a-side outdoors tournament back in June.
President Saili Ott and coach John Ott both paid tribute to their players’ commitment to training everyday as well as the return of two of their best players — Filiga and Meleane Ioapo.
Meleane Ioapo was named MVP of the championship game after she scored the game-winner in the first extra time period to allow Black Roses to hold on for the win.
This is the first time a women’s President’s Cup tournament was held by the association.
“We started this competition off with the men first two years ago and are happy to have held it for the women this year,” explained FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet.
“What a great finish to this first time competition,” exclaimed FFAS Vice President and Head of Women’s Soccer in the territory, Sandra Herrera. “This final show cased some of the best female players in American Samoa against some very excellent young, up and coming talent.”
Ioapo’s game winner came three minutes into the first extra time period after a successful tackle deep inside the penalty area had her come away with possession of the ball. She then made a move to the outside of goalie Paeai Milikini to shoot it to the far post for the score.
Black Roses struck first in the match with Lornalisa Sagapolutele, the National League’s MVP, taking a through ball at midfield and dribbling all the way to Kiwi’s penalty box. Kiwi goalie Milikini tried to stop the ball with her legs but it went through and Sagapolutele continued right past her to shoot the ball in for the goal.
Later in the same half Ruby Fia of Kiwi blasted a shot from the penalty box edge with the ball bouncing off of the crossbar. Luckily for Fia, the rebound came right back to her and she struck at it again with the ball going into the top, left corner for the equalizer.