Five of the eight semi-final games ended in upsets during the playoffs for the 2017 FFAS Private Elementary Schools Soccer League on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Kanana Fou Seminary Field in Tafuna.
The five upset losses include all four defending champions from the Boys & Girls 7-8 divisions, and the Boys & Girls 5-6 brackets.
Iakina (Boys Grades 7-8), Marist St. Francis (Girls Grades 7-8), Peteli Academy (Boys Grades 5-6) and Samoa Baptist Academy (Girls Grades 5-6) will not be defending their 2016 titles in the finals for their respective divisions after exiting the semi-finals on Nov. 16, 2017.
BOYS Grades 7-8
No. 1 Iakina, and 2016 defending champs, dominated this year, going through the round robin competition with a 7-1-0 record, and scored a-whopping 56 goals while allowing 11. They faced off against No. 4 South Pacific Academy, and in a David vs. Goliath battle, SPA won 1-0 on a late, game-winning goal.
No. 2 Samoa Baptist beat No. 3 Kanana Fou 2-0 in the other semi-final, setting up a No. 2 vs. No. 4 matchup for the championship game on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Samoa Baptist scored both goals in the first half, and in the second had to defend for their lives as Kanana Fou turned up the heat in their comeback attempt. SBA managed to hold firm for the win.
The final will be No. 2 Samoa Baptist Academy vs. No. 4 South Pacific Academy at 3:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at the Kanana Fou Seminary field in Tafuna.
GIRLS Grades 7-8
Last year’s defending champions, and No. 2 seed this year, Marist St. Francis lost to No. 3 Samoa Baptist Academy 1-0 in their semi-final game last Thursday.
In the other semi-final, No. 1 Kanana Fou edged No. 4 Iakina in another near-upset game. Both teams went into the break with a 1-1 score.
The final will be No. 1 Kanana Fou vs. No. 3 Samoa Baptist Academy at 3:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at the Kanana Fou Seminary field in Tafuna.
BOYS Grades 5-6
Peteli Academy’s bid for a three-peat in this division was halted by Samoa Baptist Academy after a 2-0 loss.
Peteli was the higher seed at No. 2, and SBA the third seed in the grades 5-6 boys division.
The other semi-final was an upset as well for Marist St. Francis, the No. 4 seed, taking down their division’s top team, No. 1 Iakina, during the round robin competition.
The final will be No. 3 Samoa Baptist Academy vs. No. 4 Marist St. Francis at 3:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at the Kanana Fou Seminary field in Tafuna.
GIRLS Grades 5-6
The No. 1 seed survived in this division as No. 1 Peteli A beat no. 4 Peteli B 4-2.
The No. 2 seed, and defending champs, did not survive out of the semi-finals as No. 2 Samoa Baptist Academy lost to No. 3 Kanana Fou 3-0. Kanana Fou scored twice in the first half and once in the second, but managed to hold on during SBA’s intense onslaught that ensued after each goal.
The final will pit No. 1 Peteli Academy A against No. 3 Kanana Fou at 3:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at the Kanana Fou Seminary field in Tafuna.