Southern United beats Kanoa in soccer tourney

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THE Southern United Football Club made its way to the winning column after powering past the Kanoa Football Club, 4-2, on Saturday in the Youth League Spring U17 Girls Division at the NMI Soccer Training Center.

SUFC’s Mariana Castro dribbles past a defender during Saturday’s game of the Youth League Spring 2020 U17 Girls Division at the NMI Soccer Training Center.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

It was a fairly even match as both teams were hungry for their first win of the season. The game was filled with back and forth action keeping the game scoreless for the first 10 minutes. KNFC then started to shift the momentum as its defense turned each successful stop into an offensive attack. Its players finally broke the wall with Sharmaine Francisco finishing the play to earn the lead 1-0.

KNFC tried to hold control but SUFC’s persistency eventually allowed Marinel Falamlimpa to even the score 1-1 before the end of the first half.

The second half was a different story as SUFC suddenly flipped the script with continuous attacks. With each possession its players used lob passes until they got over KNFC’s line of defense to find the back of the net just five minutes in, courtesy of Summer Manahane. The team’s third goal came two minutes later thanks to Megan Elayda who widened her team’s lead, 3-1.

The defensive efforts of the opposing teams denied shots from both ends of the field. However, SUFC still held the upper hand and added one more goal at the 34th minute mark to put the game out of reach. Despite the inevitable loss, KNFC continued to fight back and was rewarded at the 39th minute mark with a goal from Lysa Itaas before going down 2-4.

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