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No. 1 Dolphins vs. No. 2 Sharks for Boys HS title

Samoana, no stranger to playing in soccer championship games, will play for pride all Sharks and public schools while SPA will be looking at continuing a private school domination of the sport dating back to last year.
Last year Fa’asao-Marist won the boys’ varsity title while the girls’ Kanana Fou Stallions, another private high school, made it a clean sweep of church schools winning high school soccer competitions.
This year the Fa’asao-Marist Cougars won the girls’ event with the Dolphins trying for a clean sweep of private schools winning soccer two years in a row. And it will be the Dolphins, the No. 1 team at the end of the season, going in as favorites. The title match is set for Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
On Wednesday, April 20, SPA won easily against the No. 4 Tafuna Warriors with a 5-0 showing. Eduardo Nunez and Manase Faleafine scored twice to lead SPA’s surge into the championship game.
Samoana edged the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats 2-0, missing a large number of shots at goal.
The Dolphins and Sharks have faced one another twice during this season, with SPA winning the first game 3-2 and then drawing 2-2 in the second.
SPA has a good number of players with exceptional skill to help them overcome Samoana. They’ve got good scorers in Nunez and Tuva Tubui. Harvey Manu provides great support in the middle while the defenders have been playing well under two of their best defenders, Pika Lui and Andrew Misioka.
For Samoana, they have two former youth internationals on their team in former U20 player Heston Lameta and former U17 player Ueligitone Tualaulelei. Lameta plays up front and scored one of the two goals against the Wildcats while Tualaulelei helped shore up the back with excellent defending.
Lameta has two speedsters to help him up front in Tufue Peaario and substitute Scheye Sanitoa. Maluolefale is also good in a supporting role, especially with his experience in the recent OFC Champions League Preliminary held earlier this year in the Cook Islands. He and Tualaulelei were part of the Utulei Youth squad that played against the best teams from the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga.
It should be a thrilling final with great play expected from these players and their supporting casts.

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