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Boys HS soccer season ends, playoffs ahead

The season was completed on Saturday, April 28 with the top four in order of appearance of names above.
“Playoffs are always and exciting atmosphere where its time for the best teams in the competition to determine the ultimate winner,” said FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua. “And it is especially exciting seeing the schools come out and cheer on their teams.”
The playoff format is No. 1 vs. No. 4; No. 2 vs. No. 3 with the winners advancing to the May 5 final.
So No. 1 Faga’itua Vikings take on No. 4 Fa’asao-Marist Crusaders on May 1 while No. 2 Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats play against No. 3 Samoana Sharks on May 2. All games, including the final, will be held at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
As for the junior varsity division, the Sharks are the unofficial champions with the best record and will be crowned officially on May 5.
Faga’itua has been in form all season especially behind the play of American Samoa international Shalom Luani. One of the candidates for the Player of the Year award, Luani has been nearly unstoppable in attack.
In their two meetings this year the Vikings won the first round match 2-0 while in the second the Crusaders’ defenders did enough to frustrate Luani and Faga’itua to a 0-0 draw.
As a counter to Luani Fa’asao-Marist has a weapon of their own in Joseph Mano as the nifty lefty is a great passer and is a dangerous long-range shooter.
Good luck to both teams in their upcoming match.
Another Player of the Year candidate, Elama Fa’atonu of Samoana, has his team trying to attain a double-double title after their J-V squad clinched their division.
And should they take the title it will be a double, double-double for Samoana as their girls varsity and J-V teams took championship earlier in the school year for soccer.
They go up against a team they drew 1-1 in the first round but got the better of them in their second meeting with a 7-4 result.
The Wildcats also have a reliable weapon in Derold Crichton and also Lolani Faaloua.
All games are expected to be tough and may even need extra time or penalty kicks to determine the winners.
“Some of the best players in our recent National Teams have been from these high schools like Shalom Luani and Elama Fa’atonu to name a few,” said Taumua. “And the high school boys and girls’ competitions are very important for us because this is what feeds our national teams every year.
“For that we are very thankful towards the D.O.E. and its Athletics Department for working together with us in organizing this competition and I wish the best of luck to all four teams.”

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