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.
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.
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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