“It is a great accomplishment for us to win two championships in a row,” exclaimed the team’s coach, John Ott. “We are very excited about this win and I give my hat off to Utulei Youth’s leader, Rev. Ioane Evagelia, for doing a great job guiding his team to the final.
“They played very well and unfortunately there can be only one winner,” Ott said. “But to me, for the continued development of women in the sport of soccer here in American Samoa, we are all winners.”
In the game for 3rd and 4th place, Ilaoa & To’omata held off the Tafuna Jets 2-0.
Most Valuable Player Meleane Kerisiano scored a brace and was one of Black Roses’ most consistent players during the entire soccer season. Her performance in the championship match and throughout the season helped nab her the women’s best player award.
She broke the 0-0 score with a goal in the 18th minute and then scored again in the second half in the 44th.
Gloria Nu’usila added the third goal to complete Black Roses’ domination of Utulei.
Ott praised Kerisiano for her performance during the match and the entire season.
“She is not the main reason why we won, teamwork’s the reason,” Ott pointed out. “But she played a big part in helping us win and I think she deserves the award. A lot of our girls in my mind deserve the award but again there can be only one MVP.”
Not only did Black Roses win the title, they won it in perfect fashion by going 10-0 during the season before surviving through a semi-final clash against the Tafuna Jets 1-0 that went to extra time.
“To our girls I want to say you played great and I thank you for your hard work in earning this title for our club Black Roses,” thanked Ott. “On behalf of our Black Roses’ president, Saili Ott, and our officers, we want to extend our heart full thanks to our association Football Federation American Samoa, President Iuli Alex Godinet, the Executive Committee and the staff for a great competitions year. Happy Holidays to you all.”
The final standings of the women’s competition is Black Roses, Utulei Youth, Ilaoa & To’omata, Tafuna Jets, Fagasa Youth, Kiwi Soccers, Green Bay, PanSa, Pago Youth, Vailoatai Youth, Lion Heart and Fagatogo Blue.