Tafuna edged Faga’itua 1-0 in a thrilling ASHSAA girls’ varsity soccer game on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
In the other game, the South Pacific Academy Dolphins came back from a 1-0 deficit to equalize 1-1 late in the match against the Samoana Sharks.
WARRIORS 1, VIKINGS 0
Mercy Seui of Tafuna scored on a breakaway run early in the first half, and that turned out to be the game-winning score of the game.
The Vikings slowly dominated possession but the Warriors’ defense held up in the first half.
In the second, Faga’itua played strong again, and kept up the attack, even coming within yards of scoring on a few occasions. It just wasn’t their day as Tafuna would breathe a sigh of relief on some errant shots that could have equalized the game, while playing good defense during other contentious moments when Faga’itua went on the attack.
Tafuna’s next game will be on Monday, March 5 against Leone while Faga’itua takes on Fa’asao-Marist on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
SHARKS 1, DOLPHINS 1
A Samoana own-goal was the deciding factor in the draw between the Sharks and Dolphins’ varsity game, a score that occurred late in the second half.
Elcy Lui curved a corner kick towards the inside of the goal, and Samoana’s goalie managed to tip the ball away, but instead it bounced off of a Samoana defender and rolled inside the goal for the equalizing score.
Deidra Steffany of Samoana scored in the first half for her team in a game that was evenly matched up. Both teams would take turns on the attack, but were only able to come away with a 1-1 draw.
Samoana will next play against Faga’itua on Friday, March 2 while the Dolphins take on Leone on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
SPA plays against Fa’asao-Marist in one of two games set for Friday, March 2 while the other match will feature Samoana against Faga’itua.