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Leone Lions are repeat champions in Boys J-V soccer

The Leone Lions are 2018-2019 ASHSAA Boys J-V champions after they ended the season with the best record on April 12, 2019.

The Lions are back-to-back champions of the division, as they edged two teams last year (Samoana, Tafuna) by a point to win their first of two straight, junior varsity titles.

Meet the 2018-2019 ASHSAA Boys J-V champions, the Leone Lions! They won their second junior varsity title in a row after finishing the season with the most points (15), thanks to the season’s best record (5-0-1). [FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio]

Going into their last game on Thursday, April 11 against the Faga’itua Vikings, Leone was tied with the Tafuna Warriors points-wise, the title was already theirs unofficially thanks to a superior differential in goals at the time (14-9).

That last game was to complete the J-V bracket’s schedule, and Leone finished it in style with a 4-0 win over the Vikings to end the season with 15 points, three better than the Warriors.

Leone had a league best 5-0-1 record, followed by the Warriors at 4-0-2, Faga’itua at third place at 2-0-3, and Fa’asao-Marist Crusaders rounded out the four-team league with no wins in a double round-robin schedule.

The only blemish on their record is a very close 3-2 loss against Tafuna on March 30.  Leone had beaten the Warriors 3-1 on March 15, and it was a close race between the top two teams going into the home stretch during the month of April until Tafuna’s hopes for a title were derailed by a 2-1 loss on April 5 against the Vikings.

Zion Moala of the Lions was named MVP of the season while Jaiyah Saelua was named J-V Coach of the Year.

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