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Youth League playoffs set

The top four teams from the boys and girls’ 15-17 age groups duke it out on Saturday, August 7, 2010 in postseason play at Kananafou Theological Center while the top two teams of the boys’ 12-14 bracket will play for the championship.
Friendly games will be held for the Mixed 6-8 and 9-11 children at the same time the playoffs are being staged before the competition concludes with an awards ceremony.
Trophies will be handed out for the top three teams and there will be prizes and gifts for all of the Summer Youth League 2010 participating teams.
BOYS 15-17
Utulei Youth went into the day as the top seed but then lost that distinction when third-seeded Black Roses crushed them 4-2 during their Round 9 contest.
That allowed Vailoatai Youth to take over the top spot after winning both of their games of the day and are now seeded No. 1 with 25 points.
With the loss and a win on the final day Utulei is now seeded No. 2 with 24 points while Black Roses, the defending champs, maintains its hold on No. 3 with 22 total and Pago Youth rounds out the top four with 19 points.
The upset now means No. 2 Utulei Youth will face off against No. 3 Black Roses for the third time in two weeks as the former blanked the latter 2-0 when they first met on July 27, 2010.
As for the other semi-final, No. 1 Vailoatai Youth and No. 4 Pago Youth played to a 2-2 draw on July 29, 2010 so they have some unfinished business to take care of and this time there will be a winner for sure.
Rounding out the final standings after the top four are No. 5 Green Bay with 11 points; No. 6 Lion Heart with 10; No. 7 Tafuna Jets with 4 and No. 8 Kiwi Soccers with 0.
GIRLS 15-17
Ilaoa & To’omata stunned top-seed and previously undefeated Black Roses 1-0 in their Round 9 meeting to maintain their hold on the No. 3 spot and thus avoid a semi-final meeting against the division’s top team and defending champs.
In their second game the Black Roses were held to a 2-2 draw against No. 2 Tafuna Jets. Black Roses is still tops in the division with 25 points and they will play No. 4 Kiwi Soccers while the Jets and the Leone-based team duke it out in the other semi-final.
The Jets have 21 points while Ilaoa & To’omata finished with 17 and Kiwi Soccers won the No. 4 spot comfortably over fellow Faga’alu club Green Bay by goals differential (2 to -9) as both finished with 11 points apiece.
Rounding out the six-team competition is Vailoatai Youth with 0 points. That was the second time Black Roses and Ilaoa & To’omata met with the former winning it narrowly 1-0.
Black Roses has also played their semi-final opponent twice, beating Kiwi Soccers 1-0 during the opening day on July 27 and then 2-0 on July 31.
The Jets drew 2-2 with Ilaoa & To’omata on July 27 and then edged the club based in Leone 2-1 on August 3rd.
BOYS 12-14
Defending champs Lion Heart will be attempting a championship repeat after earning two favorable results on the last day of round-robin play by leaping over Vailoatai Youth for the No. 2 spot.
With five teams competing, the top two seeds will play in the final while the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will contest for third place.
Going into the day Lion Heart was three points behind Vailoatai with the latter beating the defending champs 2-1 on July 29.
This time Lion Heart did not come out flat as they crushed Vailoatai Youth 4-0 to draw even points-wise with 15 apiece but taking over the No. 2 spot by way of goals difference by a whopping 13-2 margin.
In a preview of their title match, No. 1 Pago Youth and No. 2 Lion Heart drew 1-1 in their second meeting of the competition on August 5. Pago won the first one by forfeit because Lion Heart did not field enough players by game time.
As for the battle for third place, No. 3 Vailoatai Youth won both meetings against No. 4 Green Bay by narrow margins, 2-1 on July 29 and 1-0 on August 3rd. Rounding out the competition’s five teams is Tafuna Jets.

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