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Hopwood 1, SIS victorious in middle school soccer

HOPWOOD Middle School 1 and Saipan International School beat their respective opponents in the boys middle school division of the NMIFA-PSS Interscholastic Soccer League Tuesday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

Hopwood earned their first victory by routing Tanapag Middle School 2, 12-1.

Every Hopwood player on the field was an offensive threat but it was their duo, Branson Santos and Nomulong Pino, who took over the first half and early second half with back-to-back goals.

Santos acted as the sparkplug when he connected his team’s first goal at the 5th minute mark while Pino scored three consecutive points to hand HOP 1 the lead, 4-0.

The duo continued to wreak havoc early in the second half with Santos delivering his second goal followed by three more from Pino to extend their lead.

Although the two took a break, the action did not stop as the rest of their team mates continued the onslaught with Bennet Haro, John Quidato and Emerson Brillo contributing four more goals.

Tanapag finally slipped in their only goal of the game thanks to Jazzroy Villagomez who found the back of the net at the 49th minute mark before his team went down in defeat, 1-12.


Saipan International School also claimed their first win of the season by edging Mount Carmel School, 3-2.

SIS established control at the very first minute when Sean Park took advantage of an unprepared defense to score a goal.

MCS remained scoreless, but they tightened their defensive lines and prevented SIS from scoring again in the first half.

In the second half, MCS’ Elijah Debeler finally broke the silence at the 28th minute mark. But SIS retaliated four minutes later with Park’s second goal of the day. Team mate Leonard Delemarle then followed up with SIS’ third goal for a 3-1 lead.

But MCS did not give up and Jason Tagabuel kept his team’s hopes alive with a goal at the 44th minute mark; however, they could not equalize and had to settle for defeat, 2-3.

Published by Marianas Variety - Sep 22, 2022


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