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Warriors win thrilling JV game vs Lions

Manu ‘MJ’ Danielson of the Leone Lions’ varsity team scored a goal with this header against the SPA Dolphins during an ASHSAA Boys soccer game on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.  [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]Henry Nautu of the Leone Lions’ JV team in action against the Faga’itua Vikings in an ASHSAA Boys soccer game on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.  [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]A Tafuna Warriors’ player and Faga’itua Vikings’ opponent, in action during an ASHSAA Boys’ varsity soccer game Friday, April 6, 2018 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.  [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Tafuna header with less than five minutes remaining in the game helped clinch a thrilling junior varsity game between the Warriors and Leone Lions on Monday, April 9, 2018.

The Warriors won 3-2 thanks to a lobbing cross from Walter Pati to Pita Vaouli, with the latter leaping over a defender and heading it just over the outstretched hands of Leone’s goalie.

Both teams missed a total of three penalty kicks in the game, and Tafuna had to fight back from a 2-1 deficit to pull off the miracle win in the waning minutes of the game.  In the only other game held that day, the Warriors’ varsity team beat the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats 4-0.



Samoana cruised to a 7-0 win over the Fa’asao-Marist Crusaders on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  The Sharks scored six goals in the first half alone.


The Leone Lions won easily against the Faga’itua Vikings, beating them 4-0 in the other JV game held Saturday, April 7, at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.


Puleiava Ati Savaiinaea completed a hat trick for Tafuna in their 5-1 win over the Vikings on Friday, April 6.

Also scoring for Tafuna were Walter Pati and Petero Aporosa.

LIONS 2, SHARKS 0 (April 5)

Leone scored two goals in the second half to beat Samoana 2-0 on Thursday, April 5.



Tafuna beat the Wildcats 4-0, but they struggled to score goals against a team playing in their first game of the season. 

Nu’uuli Voc-Tech had a shot at scoring first, but their goal was called back because of an offside infraction.

Milo Tiatia came through for the Warriors, completing a hat trick, with two of those coming in the first half.  Aukusitino Afoa scored the other goal for Tafuna.

LIONS 4, DOLPHINS 4 (April 7)

A great game was played between these two teams, with the score getting tied up on several occasions.

Manu ‘MJ’ Danielson Jr. was the star for Leone, scoring three goals, while Joshua Tabui scored two for SPA.

With Leone seemingly on the verge of winning, Tabui equalized the game 4-4 during the 55th minute of the game.  He scored the game’s first goal on the 5th minute, but MJ equalized in the 16th.

Pita Lui put SPA up two minutes later with a goal of his own, but MJ made it level again 2-2 during the 25th minute. 

In the second half, MJ put his team up 3-2 in the 32nd minute, and Michael gave them a two-goal lead in the 50thh minute of the match.  But SPA fought back and scored a goal during the 53rd, before Tabui tied it up two minutes later.

SHARKS 7, CRUSADERS 1 (April 7) 

Samoana beat the Crusaders 7-1 on April 7, with Chris Faamoana scoring twice.

Also scoring for the Sharks were wins Roy and Eugene Ledoux, Joseph Choi and Elliot Lelei.


Steven Fiso scored three goals for Faga’itua in their 4-0 win over the Tafuna Warriors on April 6.  His goals came in the 2nd, 5th and 13th minutes of the game, all in the first half.

SHARKS 3, LIONS 1 (April 5)

Samoana beat Leone 3-1 on April 5.

The first half was close with the Sharks only leading 1-0, but they managed two more goals to secure the win in the second period.