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Black Roses women back in winner’s circle

In the game for third place, Utulei Youth held off the Tafuna Jets 3-2 on June 23, 2012 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
Back for Black Roses was the core team that carried them to title after title before their drought in 2010 — sisters Filiga and Meleane Ioapo and Gloria Nu’usila — along with Angela Sao, the tournament’s Golden Boot winner with 30+ goals and Salevu Filiva’a, the championship match’s most valuable player.
With Salevu getting the nod for the MVP award, four of the five starters for Black Roses have now won an MVP award with Sao and the Ioapo sisters having won similar awards for past FFAS tournaments and leagues.
They went through the tournament undefeated and capped that performance off with the title they won back in 2009. In the semi-final they eked out a 2-1 win over Utulei Youth while Kiwi crushed the Jets 6-2.
Despite the final score in the championship match, it was a very tough game as Kiwi managed to keep it close.
Sao scored twice in that first half including the opening goal three minutes into the match but Kiwi had an answer for that first goal with Ruby Fia’s equalizer in the fifth minute. Six minutes after the game had been tied 1-1 Sao scored her second goal to put Black Roses up for good in the match and Filiva’a gave them a two-point cushion a minute later.
At the end of the first half it was 3-2 for Black Roses.
In the second half Sao, who went on to score five goals in the title match, scored twice in the first three minutes of the period to make it 5-2 before Lyonna Leota finally answered for Kiwi.
But by then the momentum stayed for good with the Black Roses as they reeled off two more goals to put the match away 7-4.
Filiva’a scored twice and was a strong defensive force as she helped repel Kiwi attacks one after the other. She also played a big hand in setting up Sao in the goal-scoring department.
“Women’s soccer is strong in American Samoa and we thank all of our clubs for developing this part of the game in our territory after another successful women’s tournament,” pointed out FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet. “We hope that all these women and young girls continue to play so that the game continues to be strong here.”
JJ Sasala of Kiwi Soccers was named tournament MVP and she played a great game defending against Sao, Filiva’a and the Ioapo players who are some of the territory’s best female players.
“To all of you go and continue to train for our upcoming women’s National League in August,” Iuli said.