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High School girls soccer league 2016-2017 kicks off

A Samoana Sharks varsity defender clears the ball against a Leone Lions attacker during an ASHSAA Girls Soccer game on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium in Pago Pago.  [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]A Fa’asao-Marist Cougars player tries to dribble away from a Samoana Sharks defender in an ASHSAA Girls Soccer J-V game on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium in Pago Pago.  [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]

The ASHSAA girls’ soccer league kicked off on Saturday, January 21, 2017 for both the varsity and junior varsity divisions at the Pago Park Soccer Stadium.

Varsity defending champions Fa’asao-Marist Cougars did not play but in division results the Samoana Sharks beat Leone Lions 4-2 and South Pacific Academy Dolphins drew with the Tafuna Warriors 1-1.

In J-V games, defending champs Fa’asao-Marist started off their campaign with a big, 5- 0 win over the Sharks while the Warriors beat Leone 3-0.

Games are scheduled for Saturdays only and the varsity division will run a single, round robin format plus two extra games. These two extra games will be played at the end of the round robin and have been pre-selected by the DOE’s Athletics Department.

Six high schools are participating in the varsity division — Fa’asao-Marist, Samoana, SPA, Tafuna, Leone and Faga’itua High School.

In the J-V bracket, five teams are vying in a double, round robin competition — Fa’asao- Marist, Samoana, Tafuna Leone and Faga’itua. The team with the most wins at the end of the double round robin format will be crowned champions.



Lydia Amisone completed a hat trick for the Sharks in helping her team beat the Lions last Saturday.

Samoana led 3-1 at the completion of the first half before eventually winning 4-2.


Tafuna scored first, but a determined SPA fought back to equalize as the game ended 1-1.



Fa’asao-Marist started their campaign for back-to-back championship titles with a convincing, 5-0 win over the Sharks.

At the end of the first half it was 2-0, and three goals in the latter half would make up the game’s final tally. Olivia scored two goals for Fa’asao-Marist.


Tafuna easily won against Leone 3-0 in their opening match of the season.