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Crusaders, Lions to play for HS Boys soccer title

Leone, the top seed, easily beat Tafuna 3-0 while No. 3 Crusaders upset No. 2 Samoana 2-0 to set up the championship game set for Friday, April 10.
It was an evenly played match until the Crusaders shocked Samoana with a goal in the 15th minute.
Paul Collins made it 2-0 on a penalty kick in the second half.
The Sharks’ mad scramble for a score was held in check by the Crusaders excellent defense as they all collapsed to the back when Samoana was in a threatening position.
Leone scored a minute into the game and from then on they controlled the tempo of the match all the way to the end.
In the second half the Lions scored twice to complete the game’s final tally.
When these two teams met on March 21, the game was decided after a handball penalty against the Crusaders.
Away walked the Lions with a 1-0 win after converting the PK in a defensive struggle of a game between the two teams. They both had their chances but stalwart defending saw the game contested to the end.
In this upcoming match up, each team will look to their best players to pull through for them.
The Crusaders have a captain with international experience in Paul Collins, who represented American Samoa at the OFC U-17 in 2013 in Samoa and the OFC U-20 in Fiji in 2014. He has played playmaker and defender in helping lead the Crusaders to the championship game.
William Fong has been great up front for Fa’asao-Marist, using his explosive speed to out pace opposing defenders.
As for Leone, they also have one of the most explosive players up front in Folasa Vili. No defender can stick with him pace for pace and it’s just a matter of giving him the right pass that a touch and his speed can take care all on its own.
Stewart Toilolo and Ronnie Maae also have great pace themselves and are a threat when dribbling towards the attack.
These are just a few of the players to look out for when the Lions take on the Crusaders in the ASHSAA Boys soccer championship game on April 10 at 4:30 p.m.

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