ASHSAA Girls soccer season winding down
The 2013-2014 ASHSAA Girls soccer season is winding down with only three game days remaining before the playoffs get underway for the varsity division.
Samoana (6-2-0) is still in the No. 1 spot, followed by Fa’asao-Marist (5-2-0), Faga’itua (4-2-1) and back in the top four is Leone (3-1-4).
The Lions traded places with the Wildcats after Leone beat SPA 5-0 and the Cougars won against Nu’uuli Voc-Tech 4-0 on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. On Feb. 7 the Sharks edged Kananafou Stallions 1-0 while the Lions beat Tafuna 4-1.
Nu’uuli Voc-Tech (2-1-1) is at No. 5, followed by Kanana Fou (1-0-5), Tafuna (1-0-6) and then South Pacific Academy (0-2-4).
In the playoff format, the team that completes the season in the No. 1 position will get a free ticket to the top 4 while the last placed team will be removed from the first round of the playoffs.
In that first round it will be No. 2 vs No. 7; No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs No. 5. The winning three teams advance to the final four where the No. 1 team awaits.
The first round playoffs are scheduled for Feb. 14 with the final four set for Feb. 22 and the championship game to be held Feb. 27.
Defending, three-time champions Samoana hold a slim, two-point lead over the Faga’itua Vikings in the race for the 2013-2014 junior varsity title.
The only other two teams in the competition are No. 3 Leone and No. 4 Tafuna.
Samoana is No. 1 in the standings with 10 points, followed by Faga’itua with eight, Leone with 1 and Tafuna at zero.
The second round-robin got underway on Feb. 8 with both the two teams winning easily — Sharks 4, Warriors 0; Vikings 5, Lions 0.Samoana and Faga’itua played to a thrilling 5-5 match on Jan. 25 and their meeting this coming Saturday (Feb. 15) is being billed as the division’s championship game.
The team with the most points at the end of the season will be declared champions of the division and most likely the team that wins in this upcoming match up will go on to hoist the trophy at the end of the season.