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THFC outlasts SUFC in U16 Girls soccer

THE TanHoldings Football Club notched the first win of the Youth League Fall 2019 U16 Girls division with a 2-0 win against the Southern United FC on Saturday at the NMI Soccer Training Center.

THFC and SUFC went toe-to-toe from start to finish. Both teams filled the field with back and forth action and a few close calls made on both ends. But as time progressed, THFC started to gain momentum and held more possessions through sheer effort. After several attempts, THFC’s Rizza Relucio capitalized on the break, firing the first shot of the game to hand her team the lead 1-0.

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An SUFC player connects with the header against THFC’s Rizza Relucio during  Saturday’s game in the Youth League Fall 2019 U16 Girls Division tournament at the NMI Soccer Training Center.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr. 

SUFC seemed to have fired up as it picked up the pace on the defensive end, barely giving THFC any room to strike again. However, SUFC could not cook up enough pressure to score a goal.

The second half was no different as both teams exchanged blows. But SUFC had to play defense more often as THFC made use of overhead passes to get the ball over quickly. After 68 minutes of play, THFC connected with its second goal courtesy of Andrei Chavez and secured the win 2-0.

The MP United Football Club, for its part, held down the Matansa Football Club 5-2.

Sisters Audrey and Aubrey Castro took the spotlight during the game. Audrey was the first to draw blood scoring at the 10th minute mark. MFC managed to stop the bleeding but only for a brief moment as MPU returned with Aubrey sinking the second goal at the 25th minute followed by Audrey contributing the team’s third goal at the 31st minute before the end of the first half.

MFC broke the silence early in the second half as Jannah Casarino stepped up at the 37th minute, but all hope was erased when Audrey regained momentum, completing the hat-trick with two consecutive goals at the 46th- and 58th-minute marks for a 5-1 spread.

MFC could not escape defeat but Casarino did sneak in one last goal at the 68th mark before going down 2-5.

The Kanoa Football Club notched the easiest victory of the day when its opponent, Shirley’s Football Club, forfeited the game.