Joan Anjao produced a man of the match performance to propel Tigoi Girls to the finals of this year’s hockey national school games, scoring three goals as Tigoi hammered Kerugoya 4-0 in a semifinal match played on Friday, April 13, 2018, at Kangaru Girls High School.
Joan, who was also named the most valuable player in Thursday’s match against Nyamira, opened her account after only three minutes of play when she smashed home a loose ball hanging in Kerugoya’s backyard.
The commanding midfielder then capitalized on Kerugoya’s defensive mistake in the 15th minute to double her tally before Tigoi made it three in the 27th minute.
The goals seemed to have drained Kerugoya’s morale as they began reacting to their opponents’ move, with a dangerous tackle from them in the last quarter gifting Tigoi a penalty. Joan rose to the occasion and converted the flick to complete her hat-trick as the game ended 4-0.
In the other semifinal encounter, Nyamira squandered an early lead to lose to Trans Nzoia in penalty shootouts. Sherlyn Daughty had scored for Nyamira at the half-hour mark but Doreen Wafula restored parity thirteen minutes later. The match would end in a one-all draw forcing the two sides to proceed to penalties where Trans Nzoia emerged victors on a 4-1 scoreline.
Trans Nzoia will now face Tigoi in the finals on Saturday while Nyamira takes on Kerugoya in the third-place playoffs. The winner of the tie will join the two finalists to the East African secondary school games set for Rwanda in August.