Better late than never: Lady Booters burst last-minute against FEU to remain unscathed!
Published on March 11th, 2017 | by Karl Niccolo Dela Cruz
“Today was not like the other days,” was what Coach Hans Smit said on today’s matchup as the DLSU Lady Booters were not their usual selves in their game against the FEU Lady Tamaraws despite a 1-nil win at the UAAP 79 Women’s Football tournament, March 11 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Booters were caught off-guard in the beginning of the first half with the Lady Tamaraws going aggressive with ball possession. However, ol’ reliable Inna Palacios and her company of defenders were able to neutralize the FEU offense to prevent the Green and Gold team to score early in the match.
The Taft-based squad tried to gain momentum with plays from the right side of the field headed by Irish Navaja but the Morayta-based squad remained in striking distance to blank all attempts coming from her. The first half remained uneventful with no goals scored until the end.
After an intense huddle during halftime, the Lady Booters were able to maximize the ball possession in their favor at the beginning of the second half. Both teams took on each other with alternating momentum until two yellow cards were called in the 52nd and 54th minute for Lady Tamaraw Hannah Pachejo and Lady Booter Kyla Inquig during heated sequences on FEU’s penalty box.
The Lady Booters tried to execute faster plays but the Lady Tamaraws were able to equalize the attempts from DLSU to frustrate the Taft mainstays. At the 62nd minute, a corner kick from Navaja went straight to Nina Arrieta a few feet from the goal but the goal attempt from her went way above the goal prompting Coach Hans Smit to field in fresher legs in Chelo Hodges.
Nearing the end of the match, the Lady Booters maintained their assertiveness on ball possession with goal attempts coming in from Kyra Dimaandal and Nicole Andaya. FEU goalkeeper Joy Chavez and Portia Acibar proved to be pesky forces for both strikers frustrating the La Salle offense.
In the dying minutes of the game, a Navaja freekick converted into an Inquig header to for La Salle to score the lone goal of the match at the 85th minute, for DLSU to get the full three points for the standing.
Coach Smit was not in a good mood after the game blasting the team’s lack of discipline and execution in the match. He added that the Lady Booters should not take advantage of their opponents. “You have to respect the players that I told you to [respect],” Smit told the team.
He also pointed out how each game was crucial and that the Lady Booters should learn to minimize their errors in the next games. “They need to be more concentrated,” he added. Smit observed how the team lacked the killer instinct in today’s match which would have costed the Lady Booters a blow in the standings. “Unlike the other games, we had more domination [in the last three matches],” Smit expressed.
The national team coach still praised his wards for stepping up despite being neutralized by FEU, “They still showed true character. They still pushed,” he added.
Looking forward, Smit and the rest of the Lady Booters will try to maintain their winning ways in the next few games as they await the second round schedule after a long break.