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Royal Puma shoots its way to the Boys 15-17 title

They beat the division’s No. 1 team, Vaiala Tongan, in a shootout 2-1 after the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
In the other divisions, Ilaoa & To’omata 1 edged Ilaoa & To’omata 2 2-1 for the Girls 15-17 while Vaiala Tongan won back-to-back championship titles by beating Ilaoa & To’omata 5-0.
BOYS 15-17
Royal Puma goalkeeper Cody McMoore earned the division’s MVP award thanks to his performance throughout the competition, and especially against the highest scoring team, Vaiala Tongan.
In two shootouts on the final day, McMoore made four saves against Vaiala Tongan and two in the semifinal against the Tafuna Napa Jets.
When these two teams met during the round-robin, Royal Puma upset Vaiala Tongan 2-1. The latter still had enough wins to go into the playoffs as the top seed and Royal Puma at No. 2.
Royal Puma scored first against Vaiala Tongan with Willie Malele putting it into the back of the net in the first half. But with time running out against them, Vaiala Tongan finally scored thanks to Takai Pouli.
In the shootout both goalies rose to the occasion, with Vaiala Tongan goalkeeper Kinikinilau Pouli answering McMoore with a blocked shot for a blocked shot. In the end it was McMoore cradling a Vaiala Tongan shot for another continuation of shots at goal in the Boys 15-17 championship game.
This is the second straight year Vaiala Tongan went into the championship game as the top seed and lost.
In the game for third place, the Tafuna Napa Jets beat out Utulei Youth. The other five teams that participated in the division were Green Bay, Ilaoa & To’omata, Pago Youth, PanSa and Black Roses.
GIRLS 15-17
In the end it was one club fielding two teams playing for the championship. And it was the team designated with the number 1 beating out the other designated as number 2 in a very close game.
Ilaoa & To’omata 1 beat Ilaoa & To’omata 2 2-1 with the former’s Elsie Lui given the MVP award.
With only seven teams in the division, the No. 1 seed after the round-robin was given a bye during the quarterfinals while the seeds 2 to 7 played against one another.
No. 2 Ilaoa & To’omata 2 beat No. 7 Royal Puma 2-0 in one quarterfinal while the others had No. 3 Green Bay beating No. 6 PanSa 2-0 and No. 4 Sepps Jets winning against No. 5 Utulei Youth 1-0 on Thursday, July 28.
No. 1 Ilaoa & To’omata 1, in the semi-finals, beat No. 4 Sepps Jets 4-1 while No. 2 Ilaoa & To’omata 2 won against No. 3 Green Bay 2-1 to set up a final between the Leone-based club’s two teams in the same division.
Green Bay beat Sepps Jets in the game for third place, 2-1.
BOYS 12-14
Vaiala Tongan went through the round-robin competition undefeated and then breezed through the playoffs to repeat as Boys 12-14 champions.
They won thanks to MVP Petu Pouli, one of the smallest players on the field but scored the majority of his teams goals during the competition.
In the final against Ilaoa & To’omata they won handily, 5-0. Vaiala Tongan advanced to the final after a 2-1 win over Utulei Youth in the semi-finals while Ilaoa & To’omata edged Pago Youth 1-0 in the other semi-final.
Pago Youth won in the game for third place against Utulei Youth, 2-0.
The other four teams that competed in the division were Tafuna Jets, PanSa, Royal Puma and Green Bay.

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