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Utulei Youth repeats as double champions

Pago Youth were crowned champions of Division 2 to bring to an end the seasons for all three divisions of the National League.
“Congratulations to Utulei Youth for winning the men’s Division 1 again this year,” said FFAS President Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet. “Utulei Youth will be representing American Samoa at the OFC Preliminary Champions League that will be held in the Cook Islands this coming January.
“Now, after winning this year’s National League again, Utulei Youth will represent American Samoa at the next preliminary tournament, so they will be going for our association for two years in a row. So after saying congratulations, I say good luck to Utulei Youth as well for their upcoming competition.”
The only other team to do that was Pago Youth, going in 2012 and in 2013 after winning the National League for two straight years.
Finishing second in Division 1 was Lion Heart for the second year in a row while Ilaoa & To’omata, a team elevated from last year’s Division 2, was third.
Utulei completed the season with 23 points, six clear of Lion Heart (17) while Ilaoa & To’omata was third with 16. The two other teams in the division, PanSa and Vaiala Tongan, both were ejected from the competition after forfeiting twice.
Utulei Youth also gets to hold on to the Division 1 FFAS National League Cup, the weekly challenge hardware put up for grabs each week. Utulei Youth’s Ne’emia Kaleopa was named MVP after a stellar year in which he saved goals as a defender on one end and went on to score goals as an attacker at the other end.
“I believe Ne’emia whole heartedly deserves the award for the way he played this year,” said FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua. “He came through for them when the games were tough, especially when his team was down by a goal or two.”
Pago Youth edged Black Roses with 12 points to 10 to win Division 2. Black Roses wrested the Division 2 FFAS National Cup away from Pago Youth on Nov. 7.
Iosia Tasi of Black Roses was named MVP of the division.
Vaitogi United and the Tafuna Jets are the other two teams that started the competition but were ousted after racking up two forfeited losses.
Utulei Youth has become the first team other than the women’s Black Roses to win the National League title for two years in a row as well, and were lucky to hold off PanSa and a surging Tafuna Jets.
The Jets started the day behind Utulei Youth and PanSa and won both of their games in the seven-a-side format league to tie PanSa with 28 points each. Utulei was the clear winner with 30 points at the end of the league.
Tafuna, however, topped PanSa in the standings thanks to a superior differential in goals.
In fourth place was Lion Heart, followed by Ilaoa & To’omata, Green Bay and finally Vaiala Tongan.
PanSa gets to hold on to the women’s FFAS National Cup after taking it away from Utulei Youth on Nov. 7.
Beulah Oney of the Tafuna Jets was named MVP of the division after completing it with the most goals scored in the competition.
All championship teams received Perpetual Cups sponsored by Trophy & Things.

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