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Battle of unbeatens — Black Roses vs. Ilaoa & To’omata

Both have similar records of 7-0 for 21 points with Black Roses No. 1 because of a differential in goals — 39 to Ilaoa & To’omata’s 28. Up for grabs is the No. 1 spot with Round 9 just around the corner (Nov. 13).
Another tough round 8 match has No. 3 Tafuna Jets taking on No. 4 Utulei Youth with the loser facing tough competition for the fourth and final playoff spot from Green Bay and Kiwi Soccers. Kiwi has an easy opponent in Fagatogo Blue while Green Bay has a strong adversary in Fagasa Youth.
Other women’s games are Lion Heart vs. Pago Youth and PanSa against Vailoatai Youth.
For Saturday, Nov. 13 the games are Utulei Youth vs. PanSa; Tafuna Jets vs. Ilaoa & To’omata; Pago Youth vs. Fagatogo Blue; Lion Heart vs. Fagasa Youth; Kiwi Soccers vs. Vailoatai Youth and Black Roses against Green Bay.
ILAOA & TO’OMATA vs. BLACK ROSES (9:30 a.m.)
A battle between unbeatens is nothing new to Black Roses as they faced the same such scenario earlier in the year and came out on top — a result they are actually quite familiar with. Their last opponent was Kiwi Soccers whom they crushed 8-0.
Kiwi went on a tailspin following that loss as two others followed suit plus a drop out of the top 4.
Black Roses’ list of players includes some of the best players in the territory from sisters Lela-May, Filiga and Meleane Kerisiano to Ora Ott and Regina Wright. But the list of talented players does not stop there as they also boast one of the best duo in scoring, Salevu Filiva’a and Gloria Nuusila.
They have talent pouring out of every position and have outscored their opponents 39-0, not allowing a single goal at all this season. The same goes for Ilaoa & To’omata as they have scored 28 times while not allowing a single goal against them, so that’s a total of seven clean sheets for Black Roses’ goalie Lily Kersiano and her opposite number this coming Thursday, Atene Tevaga.
Ilaoa & To’omata does not have as many talented players as the Leone-based team but they do have resilient members in Lela Waetin, their top scorer for the season, Mary Ipiniu as well as a good supporting cast in Pule Moana, Franky Senio and a much-improved Charlotte Uili.
Whatever the result, if these two teams continue on as the top two seeds this game could be a preview of the women’s championship match.
As for No. 3 Tafuna Jets against No. 4 Utulei Youth, the latter’s most recent loss caused them to fall down a spot while Tafuna moved up one. The Jets have 16 points to Utulei’s 15 with Green Bay and Kiwi Soccers waiting to pounce at 12 points apiece.
Losses here will not do for either the Jets or Utulei because on Nov. 13 they line up against two other tough teams — Ilaoa & To’omata and PanSa, respectively.
So it is a week of make-or-break for the teams from the top spot to No. 10 in their push for the top four playoff berths.

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