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Men’s pool games heating up

Pool games continue again on Oct. 23 and then take a break next week as the inaugural knockout tournament, President’s Cup, continues with the quarterfinals.
POOL A
Top-ranked Kiwi Soccers suffered their first loss of the season with a 5-1 shellacking from previously winless Ilaoa & To’omata while Fagasa Youth won their second straight match to pull to within one point (9-8) of first place in the standings.
In the other A match it was Black Roses 9, Pago Youth B 2 while Tafuna Jets A was idle.
ILAOA & TOOMATA 5, KIWI SOCCERS 1
Ilaoa & To’omata went into the second half all tied at 1-1 but a second half brace by Uele Tualevao helped the Leone-based team pull away from the pool leaders to win their first game of the season while handing Kiwi their first loss as well.
The standings has Kiwi Soccers leading, Fagasa Youth second, Black Roses third, Ilaoa & To’omata fourth, Tafuna Jets A fifth, Utulei Youth sixth and Pago Youth B seventh.
FAGASA YOUTH 2, UTULEI YOUTH 1
A Justin Togi brace by made it two wins in a row by Fagasa on the heels of two straight ties to maintain their second place showing and put them within a point of Kiwi Soccers’ hold of the pool’s top spot.
Togi’s second half goal that broke the tie came with about 10 minutes to spare in the match.
BLACK ROSES 9, PAGO YOUTH B 2
Black Roses were in disarray in the early goings of the first half, not knowing what hit them as Pago B scored two early goals to lead 2-0.
But as defending champs and also the more experienced of the two, they gradually started to play their game to storm back into the lead off of goals from Junior, Jerry Iosefa and Lofi Tupua by the end of the first period.
In the second Bob Nu’usila and Dion Ott contributed two goals apiece in a dominating second half output.
POOL B
Pago A avenged their President’s Cup loss to Lion Heart on Oct. 11 with a 3-1 victory on Oct. 16 in their National League meeting.
Their win has allowed them to stay abreast of Vailoatai Youth’s 12 points as both are tied in that category with Vailoa taking the top spot by way of differential in goals (20-10). Third is FC SKBC, followed by Lauli’i, Lion Heart, PanSa and Green Bay and Tafuna Jets B coming in eighth place in the standings.
VAILOATAI YOUTH 2, PANSA 1
PanSa went toe-to-toe with the pool’s best team and almost came away with a draw. They found the back of the net first with So’oga Fasia scoring on a penalty 10 minutes into the match.
Five minutes later Vailoatai was given a shot from the spot themselves with Ryan Petaia taking advantage of that equalizer attempt and Faiaai Kerisiano provided the game-winning goal in the 55th minute of the match.
PAGO YOUTH A 3, LION HEART 1
Just like their President’s Cup match this one was hotly contested with the first half ending in a 0-0 draw. During their President’s Cup game both teams played 120 minutes of a goalless draw. The end result was a 5-3 shootout win for Lion Heart.
In the second half it was a different story as Lion Heart’s Ufi Feagaimaali’i struck from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the period but the real hero turned out to be Nu’u Faavi as he provided a brace, including the game-winner, to remain undefeated in pool games.
LAULI’I 4, GREEN BAY 3
Malala Iose of Lauli’i and Green Bay’s Willy Faamasino scored twice but it was Lauli’i’s Iose who came out on top as his second goal proved to be the winner with five minutes to spare in the match.
In fact the last three goals of the game came in a flurry with Michael Punefu breaking a 2-2 tie in the 68th minute to put Green Bay ahead 3-2 for a span of three minutes in which time Tavita Iose provided the equalizer. Several minutes later Malala Iose, captaining Lauli’i, provided the winner that pushes them two places to fourth from sixth in the standings.

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