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Soccer team plays for gold

The American Samoa Special Olympics soccer team, kneeling, is pictured here with the Samoa team before their 5-a-side game against one another on December 5, 2013 in Newcastle, Australia. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]

American Samoa played in the soccer, 5-a-side gold medal game against the Philippines yesterday in Division B of the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games where they earned the silver medal after losing 4-1.
 
Details on the game as they become available.
 
PREGAME
 
At the end of the round-robin stage the Philippines were top of the group, followed by American Samoa in No. 2, Myanmar at No. 3 and Samoa at No. 4.
 
American Samoa was able to secure 2nd place after coming back from behind to draw with Samoa 3-3, finishing with five points in the group to the Philippines' seven.
 
American Samoa drew with the Philippines 4-4 when they met during the group stage.
 
AMERICAN SAMOA 3, SAMOA 3
 
Saito Mauga was at his scoring best again, netting all of his team's three goals in the tie against Samoa.
 
Five minutes into the match and Samoa had taken a 2-0 lead.
 
After much running and passing Mauga finally put American Samoa on the scoreboard with his first of the game.
 
He scored two straight to give A.S. a 3-2 lead but Samoa managed to net a goal with a minute remaining in the match to end it in a tie.



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