Elcy Lui’s last minute goal shocked the Leone Lions to a 1-0 loss in a thrilling game against the SPA Dolphins during an ASHSAA girls’ varsity soccer game on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.
In the only other game, the Faga’itua Vikings and Fa’asao-Marist Cougars played to a 1-1 draw.
DOLPHINS 1, LIONS 0
South Pacific Academy increased the pressure in the last 10 minutes of the final half in a desperate attempt to net a goal, while Leone repulsed each wave one after the other during an intense period of the game. The Dolphins would bring the ball down the sideline and then send it in towards the top of the box. From there their players would try to work it inside the penalty area due to the congestion of defenders, and each attack was repelled time after time.
Maraea Nautu and goalkeeper Afiafi Faiai stood out for the Lions, as they helped repel SPA’s many attempts during the game. In would step in Nautu to use her body to block a shot and clear the ball away. Faiai would step up and calmly catch direct shots at goal or dive for others at other times. But in the end, their efforts came up short with only a minute remaining in the game.
On the defensive side for the Dolphins, Jane Faumuina and Nancy Satele were able to hold the back for SPA, especially on those few occasions the Lions were able to go on the offensive. Monique Hollister and Lui controlled the middle for SPA, working with their forwards as they sought a way to score a goal.
SPA’s next game will be against Fa’asao-Marist on Friday, March 2 while the Lions play against the Warriors on March 5.
VIKINGS 1, COUGARS 1
Faga’itua scored first, but a Fa’asao-Marist score with four minutes to play in the game completed yet another draw in the varsity division.
The Vikings scored their goal in the first half while the Cougars equalized in the second.
Faga’itua will take on Samoana on March 2 while the Cougars play against SPA on the same day.