The lady Dolphins repeated as ASHSAA Girls varsity soccer champions, thanks to a near flawless season (8-1-1) that saw them atop the standings with a league-best 25 points.
For the third year in a row, Elcy Lui has been tabbed as the division’s MVP after helping South Pacific Academy win the title. The American Samoa international attends Nu’uuli Voc-Tech but plays for SPA. The first of her MVP awards was won as a member of the Tafuna Warriors team in 2017, while the last two have come as a member of the Dolphins’ squad.
SPA was seven points clear of the second place team, and their near flawless record was tarnished by a loss 2-1 loss to the Samoana Sharks on February 7. They would avenge that loss with a 2-0 win over the Sharks on February 23. They drew with Fa’asao-Marist 0-0 on February 2. They were officially crowned champions when the league ended on March 2, 2019.
The Tafuna Warriors finished second in the season with 18 points (6-0-4), while Samoana (5-2-3) was third with 17 points. Leone (3-2-5) was fourth, followed by Faga’itua (2-2-6) and Fa’asao-Marist came in sixth.
The level of play in the varsity division was raised this year by the participation of senior and youth international players in each school team.
Lui was a member of the American Samoa Women’s National team that played in the OFC Nation’s Cup in 2019 last year. Her teammates on the SPA squad with youth international experience include cousins Nancy and Jessica Satele, and Jane Faumuina.
For Samoana, Deidra Steffany helped patrol defensive backline and played for the women’s U-16 team that competed in the OFC competition of that age group in 2017.
Tafuna had Agnes Siaosi, Aileen Ieremia and Princess Destiny Tili who trained with the U-16 team but did not travel with the team. Faga’itua also had two players, Princess Fegauia’i and Rayxena Tauoa.
For Fa’asao-Marist, they had Blanche Herrera, Lourdes Afoa and Maricar Parungo. They also had Nunu Ugaitafa who trained and traveled with the U16 team in 2017 but did not play due to age restrictions. Also playing for the Crusaders was Olivia Vaiomounga who trained briefly with the team but did not travel, however, she had a stellar year with Pago Youth during the women’s 2018 National League.
All these players, with their experience, helped to raise the level of the girls’ high school competition, and it was a big difference from years past.
For the J-V division, the Cougars completed their season undefeated with a 5-1-0 record. They drew 1-1 against the Tafuna Warriors on February 23.
Samoana (2-0-4) was second, followed by Leone (2-0-3), and the defending champions Tafuna (1-1-3). The Sharks edged Leone for second place because of a better differential in goals output.