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NMI Women claim second Marianas Cup title

THE NMI U19 Women’s Team has delivered once again claiming their second Marianas Cup title in a row after defeating Guam 3-0 last Saturday held at the Guam Football Association National Training Center in Dededo.

During last year’s Marianas Cup held in the NMI Soccer Training Center, NMI barely escaped the clutches of Guam running away with the 3-2 victory. This time the event returned in Guam’s home court for the advantage but that did not get in CNMI’s head as they showed focus and controlled most of the possession.

At first Guam played as the aggressor taking shots just six minutes into the match but NMI protected their end of the field well denying any shots from going through. NMI shifted the momentum but were met wtih the same results as Guam’s stopped them on their tracks leaving the game scoreless for the next 20 minutes. NMI then turned defense into offense and slipped past Guam’s defenders with a cross pass that met Gianna Griffin at the at the right side taking a slightly long shot over the goalie for the first score of the night and the 1-0 lead at the 21st minute of the first half. NMI continued to stay aggressive but only filled the remaining minutes with close calls as Guam held their ground till halftime.

The halftime break did not seem to kill NMI’s fire as they stepped back in ready to run it. Griffin attempted her second shot just seconds later hitting the top of the goal post and bounced back out. Luckily Khriselle Itaas recovered the possession and took another high shot over Guam’s goalie which Giffin capitalized with the finishing touch to earn her second consecutive goal and giving NMI the 2-0 spread.

Guam tried to get even but failed to cook up any means of attack due to NMI’s pressure defense forcing them back out to protect their end of the field. Not long after NMI added their third goal of the day. It was at the 56th mark where Guinevere Borja was highlighted taking a shot from 35 yards out connecting the shot for the 3-0 spread.

Guam gave it their all during the final minutes of the game but still remained silent bowing down to NMI for the second year in a row.

Guam Men’s Team 6, NMI Men’s Team 2

Guam Men’s Team, however, did not disappoint as they, too, continue to hold the title after defeating NMI 6-2.

After the first 10-minute scuffle, Guam broke the ice with a shot from near midfield with the ball placing high on the right side over NMI’s goalie Chris Aninzo for the 1-0 start. Guam continued to shine as a foul was called giving them a penalty kick and connected the second goal at the 19th minute. NMI finally answered back during the 27th mark as SunJoon Tenorio kept the pressure going and finished strong with a quick shot to beat Guam’s goalie within traffic to reduce the gap 2-1 before ending the first half.

The CNMI Men’s Team poses together during last Thursday’s send-off ceremony at the Kanoa Resort lobby before heading out to the 2019 Marianas Cup.  Contributed photoThe CNMI Men’s Team poses together during last Thursday’s send-off ceremony at the Kanoa Resort lobby before heading out to the 2019 Marianas Cup. Contributed photo

Despite NMI’s efforts Guam regained the distance once more early in the second half. It was Guam’s spacing and passing that kept them in control as they sliced through NMI’s defensive line adding two straight goals at the 63rd and 64th minute and one more at the 69th mark 5-1.

NMI did have a breather as Guam accidently scored on their own goal but at the 84th minute but quickly made up the error with their 6th goal at the 86th mark to secure the win 6-2.