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Sharks, Cougars still undefeated

Alyssa Willis, left, of Fa’asao-Marist and Kanana Fou defender Lizabel Matau, right, battle for the ball during the Cougars-Stallions girls HS varsity match on January, 29, 2014 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium. [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]

Two teams are still undefeated in the ASHSAA girls varsity competition, the Samoana Sharks and Fa’asao-Marist Cougars two weeks into the season.
 
Samoana is 5-0 with a league-leading 15 points while the Cougars are 3-1-0 for 10 points. They are scheduled to play against one another on Tuesday, February 4 and have played against stiff opponents of late.
 
The Cougars needed a late penalty kick to edge the Kanana Fou Stallions 2-1 on Jan. 29, while the Sharks eked past Leone on Jan. 28 with a late score as well.
 
Fa’asao-Marist was awarded a penalty kick from a handball infraction against Kanana Fou and JJ Sasala was able to provide that for the Cougars.
 
Vaiula Afa emerged as the hero for the Sharks after dribbling by three defenders to score the game winner against Leone.
 
Both teams will play one more opponent each before they meet on Feb. 4.
 
Rounding out the top four teams in the eight-school competition are No. 3 Leone (2-1-2, 7 points) and No. 4 Faga’itua (1-2-1, 5 points). Nu’uuli Voc-Tech (1-1-0, 4 points) is fifth in the standings, followed by Kanana Fou (1-0-3, 3 points), Tafuna (1-0-4, 3 points) and South Pacific Academy (0-1-3, 1 point).
 
Only the top four teams qualify for the playoffs and at the moment four teams have a shot at the fourth and final playoff spot.
 
Below are recent results for the season:
 
JANUARY 29
 
Cougars 2, Stallions 1 Wildcats 2, Vikings 2
 
JANUARY 28
 
Sharks 1, Lions 0 Warriors 3, Dolphins 0JANUARY 27
 
Vikings 4, Cougars 4 Stallions 3, Dolphins 0
 
JANUARY 24
 
Sharks 6, Wildcats 1 Lions 3, Warriors 0
 
JANUARY 22
 
Lions 1, Dolphins 1
 

The Wildcats’ Paeai Milikini (right) tries to dribble away from the Vikings’ Joddee Mano during a Nu’uuli Voc-Tech-Faga’itua girls HS varsity match on January, 29, 2014 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium. [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]


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