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Samoana Sharks secure third title

The J-V team also became official champs this weekend following the completion of the season in early February. They also secured their third title after completing the season with the best record.
The Department of Education assistant director for secondary division Li’atama Amisone congratulated both teams on the game and helped present the awards with FFAS CEO Tavita Taumua.
Samoana’s varsity team had dominated over every team in the championship all season long but on the day of the final Tafuna put up a strong fight, especially goalkeeper Ruta Hafoka who repelled numerous attacks in the first half.
The Sharks were in control of the game slightly in that first half but it was the Warriors that benefitted following a mistake from Samoana goalie, Fa’aseveve Filiga.
Filiga blocked a shot at goal but she failed to gather the ball in her arms and fortunately for Tafuna it rebounded to an open Sharmaigne Fuimaono who put the ball in the back of the net for the game’s opening goal in the 12th minute.
It was a lead that lasted for almost the entire first half for the Warriors, until Samoana was awarded with a penalty kick in the 23rd minute. The ASHSAA Girls Soccer season’s most valuable player Yandell Liu converted with just two minutes remaining in the period.
In the second half, the championship game’s MVP Jennifer Sasala scored the go-ahead goal during the 35th minute. Sasala added a second goal to secure the championship for Samoana, and solidify her status as the season’s Most Valuable Player.
Sasala learnt from her many attempts at goal in the first half to better place her shots, with the first goal coming from her placement of the ball into the corner of the far post to bring the fans to their feet, roaring with approval.
With her second goal she managed to sneak a shot just past the goalie at the near post.
In other awards handed out, the J-V coach of the year was awarded to Samoana’s Galo Tuiolosega while the varsity equivalent was handed to the Sharks’ Donation Ape.
The J-V MVP award went to Ruby Vaovasa.

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