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ASHSAA girls’ soccer season ends, playoffs loom

Final games of the season ended on Feb. 19 with Samoana Sharks winning big (9-0) against varsity defending champs Fa’asao-Marist Cougars to overtake idle Faga’itua Vikings for the top spot. In the only other divisional match the Tafuna Warriors drew 0-0 with the Leone Lions in a very tough game.
In J-V matches, Samoana drew with Faga’itua 1-1 while Leone and Tafuna also finished with the same result albeit with a different score, 0-0.
The group’s top four is Samoana, Faga’itua, Tafuna and Leone with Kananafou Stallions finishing 5th and Fa’asao-Marist 6th.
Samoana will prepare to take on nemesis Leone while Tafuna plays against the Vikings.
These two teams have a long history in gridiron and that competitiveness has spilled onto the field of soccer with both schools battling for nine of the last 10 titles.
Last year was the first time Leone and Samoana did not play in the varsity title game with the Cougars taking on and beating Iakina.
Samoana struggled to beat Leone 2-0 on Feb. 12 with Leone fielding only nine players while they had a full complement. Missing from the Lions’ lineup on that day is one of the territory’s top female players, Meleane Kerisiano. With her in the lineup Leone’s chances of hoisting the title are significantly higher than without.
As for Tafuna and Faga’itua match, both teams were the top two back when they were all playing in the J-V division with the Warriors winning the title through an undefeated record.
That was two years ago and Tafuna has not dominated opponents as they did back then and are still trying to find a great combination that works well for them with star players such as Beulah Oney, Tuitasi Smith, Moana Siaulaiga and June Canales.
The Vikings do not have an array of standout players such as Tafuna but they do have a strong defender in Marissa Vagaia and another strong-footed player in midfielder Valerie Ta’ase.
As a group the Vikings play well as a cohesive unit and because of that were able to lead the standings for much of the season until being unseated by Samoana. That cohesiveness allowed them to beat the Warriors 3-1 in the season opener on Jan. 8.
Good luck to all teams in their upcoming playoff games.
There are only four teams in the group and all four will be contesting in the playoffs with Tafuna seeded No. 1, followed by defending champs Samoana, Faga’itua and then Leone.
The Warriors take on the Lions while the Sharks face off against the Vikings.
In two meetings this year Samoana won the first 2-0 on Feb. 12 and then drew with Fag’aitua 1-1 Feb. 19.
Both teams started off with only 10 players each during their Feb. 19 contest and during that period the Vikings went up 1-0.
Samoana would later complete their full complement of players and this helped them score the late equalizer to avoid defeat.
This will be a match of revenge for top-seeded Tafuna as they take on the only team that beat them during the season. On Feb. 12 Leone blanked the Warriors 2-0 and then both drew 1-1 on Feb. 19 after Tafuna managed to score the tying goal in the second half.

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