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This past weekend marked the final round in the Aloha Maid All-Girls Soccer League. With several games on the schedule teams were vying for final slots in the regular-season standings.
In one of the matches on the day, the defending champion Samurai Heat took on the ASC Islanders Betde in a very excitement-filled game. At the end of regulation, the scoreboard reflected the Heat cruising to a 6-2 victory over their opponents. With the victory, the Heat managed to close out the season capturing one of the top two slots in the league.
Taking advantage of the short-handed Islanders, the Heat wasted no time posting the game’s first goal after Quincy Tougher found and open Hannah Tyquiengco on the right side of the field. Tyquiengco capitalized on a great pass and converted a goal to give her team a 1-0 lead. Both teams continued to battle on both sides of the field. The Islanders looked to equalize the game in the first half. However, excellent defense by the Heat denied any opportunities and as the halftime signal was blown, the score remained the same going into the break.
After returning to action in the second half, the Heat turned it up offensively and opened the game wide open. Ball movement proved worthy as Samurai’s Ally Cruz connected with Tyquiengco on a kick-in who upped her team’s lead to 2-nil. The duo kept the Heat going as Tyquiengco made a goal on a corner kick, while Cruz used her lightning speed to free herself for a shot that found the back of the net to give her team a 4-0 lead.
Not willing to let down, the Heat increased their lead to 5-0 after Martina Duenas scored off an assist from teammate Carmela Tyquiengco. Despite trailing huge in the game, the Islanders would not give up and played tough. Later in the half, the Islanders found a ray of hope and ended the drought when Paris “Mames” Blas located an open Nicole Pierce for the shot and score. The Heat’s Caroline Auregelli responded immediately by finding teammate Aubrey Esteves for another Samuarai goal.
With the clock working against their favor, the Islanders needed to get a move on. However, before time expired, a goal by Blas was all they could post to give the Heat the four-goal margin of victory. Blas’ goal was created on a kick-in from Pierce.
Entering the day as the only undefeated team in the league, the Mangilao Soccer Club was looking to keep their streak alive against a tough Quality Distributors team. Backed by two goals from Demi-Rae Shimizu and another from Tatyana Ungacta, Mangilao blanked their opponents 3-0 to finish the regular-season unbeaten.
The victory by Mangilao allows them to join the Heat in the top two spots in the standings.
In the day’s other All-Girls League game, the Doosan Crushers defeated the ASC Islanders Asut 7-1 behind two goals each from the league’s Golden Boot winner Krystiana Martinez and Francesca Pangelinan. Lillian Troy, Erica Evangelista and Anaka Park also scored for the Crushers. Rhia Pangindian scored the Islanders Asut’s lone goal.
The third-ranked Crushers will face the Islanders Asut again in the first round of playoffs Saturday. The winner of the game will play against the Samurai Heat on Nov. 17. The Islanders Betde will face Quality Distributors in the other first-round playoff game Saturday to determine who will advance to play the top-ranked Mangilao Soccer Club on Nov. 17.