History was made in soccer for Samoa yesterday when the sport won its very first medal ever in the Pacific Games.
The honour went to the womens soccer team who claimed the silver medal after an unsuccessful attempt at the gold against Papua New Guinea.
The 3 -1 loss, against one of the top soccer country’s in the Games, did not stop the Samoan National Soccer Federation from celebrating.
The President of the Samoa Soccer Association Papalii Leslie Petaia was in high spirits by the memorable landmark win.
“We are so overjoyed that we have finally medalled,” he said.
“We did not win the gold but we are more than content with our medal. This is a good medal. This is history for soccer in Samoa.”
The women’s soccer team surprised the Samoa Soccer Association when they defeated teams from some of the stronger soccer playing countries and progressed to contest the gold medal with Papua New Guinea.
“ We did not expect our women soccer team to progress this far against better teams from countries like Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji,” Papalii said.
“ We thought we could go as far as the bronze but what a surprise we contested the gold and the silver medals.”
The achievement by the women’s soccer team sets the par on the level of soccer in Samoa, Papalii added.