Vaiala Tongan successfully defended their women’s FFAS National Cup to kickoff the women’s 2018 FFAS National League on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
There are 11 teams competing in this year’s women’s National League, with Royal Puma returning as defending champions from 2017. Besides the two that played in the women’s FFAS challenge cup game, the other nine teams are Black Roses, Green Bay, Ilaoa & To’omata, Lion Heart, Pago Youth, PanSa, Royal Puma, Tafuna Jets and Utulei Youth.
In other games, it was Ilaoa & To’omata 1, Utulei Youth 0; Royal Puma 2, PanSa 0; Taputimu Youth 11, Tafuna Jets 0 and Pago Youth 7, Black Roses 0.
VAIALA TONGAN 1, GREEN BAY 0
Vaiala Tongan has a new look with the majority of last year’s team no longer playing for them, but they still managed to beat Green Bay and retain the cup.
The winning goal came with about five minutes left to play, allowing Vaiala Tongan to win their first defense of the cup for the year 2018.
Vaiala Tongan will put the cup up against Pago Youth next Saturday while Green Bay takes on Ilaoa & To’omata.
ILAOA & TO’OMATA 1, UTULEI YOUTH 0
Ilaoa & To’omata edged Utulei Youth 1-0 last Saturday in a goal that came in the second period, after a scoreless first half.
Utulei Youth makes an appearance back in the National League scene after not participating last year.
ROYAL PUMA 2, PANSA 0
Royal Puma scored both goals in the first half, and then hung on to hold off PanSa in the second to start the defense of their 2017 title with a win.
Royal Puma sits out next week with a bye next week while PanSa will face the Jets.
TAPUTIMU YOUTH 11, TAFUNA JETS 0
Salevu Filiva’a led the way with five goals scored against the Tafuna Jets while Moli Toilolo had a hat trick, and Jasmine Lagai scored twice.
Taputimu takes on Utulei Youth this coming Saturday while the Jets will play against PanSa.
PAGO YOUTH 7, BLACK ROSES 0
Pago Youth came out with a new look as it picked up quite a few good players during the offseason to boost their team’s strength.
The addition of Regina Wright, Tulima Mauga and Olivia Vaiomauga has complemented some of the team’s other good players to turn Pago Youth into a power squad for the women’s division.
With those players Pago Youth was able to beat Black Roses 7-0 with Wright completing a hat trick, while Vaiomauga and Mauga added goals each.