Sharks four-peat as ASHSAA girls’ varsity champs!

Sharks’ goalie, and ASHSAA varsity championship game MVP, Ulima Afoa, punches away a shot during the penalty shootout between Samoana and Fa’asao-Marist at Pago Park Soccer Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]

The Samoana Sharks are ASHSAA girls’ varsity champions for the fourth year in a row after beating the Fa’asao-Marist Cougars in a dramatic, 3-1, penalty shootout on Feb. 25, 2014 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
“It was a great finish to a very exciting season,” exclaimed Samoana coach, Silasila Samuelu. “The bottom line is the girls, they are the ones who did all the hard work in winning this championship.”
With less than two minutes remaining to play in the match, and looking at a 2-1 deficit, the Sharks kept up the attack and were finally rewarded when Vaiula Toalei scored the equalizer, and her second goal of the match.
She also started things rolling for Samoana during the shootout as she calmly netted the Sharks’ first attempt and when the Fa’asao-Marist’s fourth attempt sailed over the crossbar, it was officially a four-peat.
“I want to thank Fa’asao-Marist and all the schools for making it a very enjoyable competition this year,” Samuelu pointed out. “I would also like to thank our school principal (Mataese Samuelu), the faculty and students for their support.”
Toalei scored midway through the first half in a game that was dominated by Samoana on the attacking end. Alyssa Willis answered back with a one-on-one goal against the keeper in the second half to tie up the game at 1-1. Nikki Tolmie put the Cougars ahead 2-1 with a a 30-yard, free kick that just sailed over the head of Samoana’s goalie, before the match was sent into two overtime by Toalei late goal.
FFAS Vice President and Head of Women’s Soccer, Sandra Fruean, and executive committee member Amio Mavaega-Luvu handed out the trophies sponsored by the soccer association. Assisting them in handing out the awards was DOE Athletics Director Tumua Matu’u.
“Thank you to all the schools, coaches and players for another great year of girls high school soccer and again thank you to DOE and the Athletics Department for working with us in coordinating this competition,” Fruean said.“We’ll see you again next year and continue to play and improve your soccer skills,” Mavaega-Luvu pointed out.
Toalei was named the division’s regular season MVP while her teammate, and goalie, Ulima Afoa was tabbed as the championship game’s most valuable player. Alofagia Alopopo, coach of the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats, was named varsity Coach of the Year.
Masae Tanielu was named MVP of the junior varsity division after helping the Faga’itua Vikings win the title. Makerita Tuna of the Tafuna Warriors was named Coach of the Year for the J-V.

ASHSAA girls junior varsity MVP Masae Tanielu accepts her trophy from FFAS Vice President Sandra Herrera as Head of DOE Athletics Tumua Matu’u (2nd from left), FFAS Exco member Amio Mavaega-Luvu (2nd from right) and Athletics coordinator Masina look on. [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]


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