Lauli'i, boys elementary champions!
Lauli’i wins shootout 4-3 (1-1) to win boys soccer
FFAS Media, Friday, October 24, 2008
(PRESS RELEASE) — It was goalkeeper vs. goalkeeper,
and Lauli’i’s Fouina Muliau squeezed a shot that Tafuna’s goalie managed to get
his foot on by for the winning goal in a shootout to determine the champions of
the boys’ elementary soccer division at the Football Federation of American
Samoa’s soccer field at Pago Park on Thursday, October 23, 2008.
The winning goal also netted the FFAS-sponsored most
valuable player trophy for Muliau.
Tafuna and Lauli’i were forced to go to a shootout
after a 1-1 tie concluded two 20-minute halves and also the extra period of
five minutes per half. After the
required five-on-five shootout also drew even with both teams scoring 3 goals
apiece, the format went to one vs. one until a winner was determined.
Tafuna had gone first but on the one vs. one a
player of theirs managed to beat Muliau but the ball glanced off of the left
Muliau, who was beaten on a goalie vs. goalie
shootout during the five-on-give shootout, then scored the winning goal to make
it an all-eastern snare of elementary soccer titles in the boys and girls’
divisions. Le’atele won the girls’
title in an earlier game 6-0 over Leone Midkiff.
Tafuna scored their first goal during the 18th minute
of the match while Lauli’i’s equalizer came in 23rd minute.
During the shootout, Tafuna led 1-0 but Lauli’i
equaled it with the next shooter.
Tafuna’s next player pushed the ball too far to the
right going by the goal post harmlessly but their goalie came up with a save
when he blocked a direct shot.
Tafuna then went up 2-1 with the goal hitting the
right side of the goal even though Fouina managed to get a hand on it. Lauli’i managed to tie it 2-2.
The next shooter from Tafuna sent the ball over the
top bar while their goalie saved them again with another block on a direct
Tafuna’s goalie then gave his team a 3-2 lead when
he beat Fouina and he just barely missed saving the last shot of the first
shootout as he dove too late to make the save, thus leveling the score again at
FFAS sponsored all trophies for the boys and girls’
divisions. Trophies were handed
out to the championship teams, runner-ups as well as most valuable players for
the boys and girls’ finals.
The soccer association also used its field for play
as well as paid for and provided its referees to facilitate the games three
days a week since the elementary season started September 15, 2008.
Schools in the western district of the island played
at the Kanana Fou (Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa’s
compound) while eastern district schools used the FFAS field.