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Samoa 3, American Samoa 0

“Samoa played very well against us and deserved the win,” said the A.S. U-17 coach, Frederick Maiava. “They kept winning the ball and were able to send the ball forward to put a lot of pressure on our defenders and goalkeeper.”
10 minutes into the game American Samoa was whistled for a foul in the penalty box, leading to a converted penalty by Samoa’s captain, Willie Sauiluma and a 1-0 lead.
American Samoa threatened on several occasions in that first half but Samoa’s defenders were able to deny the visitors from scoring.
Two goals in a span of four minutes in the second half helped Samoa increase their lead and also assure themselves of the win on the first day of the competition. Dilo Tumua of Samoa scored both goals to give his team the win.
Samoa and the Cook Islands are now in the lead after the latter beat Tonga 3-2.
“We need to work on a few things tomorrow in preparation for our game against the Cook Islands on Wednesday,” Maiava said. “All we need to do is rest up, review the video and come up with a game plan for Tonga.”
He went on to say that the mistake at the beginning of the game had his team fighting hard to get that goal back.
“We kept trying to encourage the boys to try to score a goal to tie the game but Samoa was too good,” Maiava said. “We’re still proud of the boys and hats off to them because for the majority of them it was their first time competing in this kind of environment.”
American Samoa plays Cook Islands on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. with their last game set for Friday at 4:30 against Tonga.

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