Published on September 27th, 2015 | by Arnold Cagang0
DLSU Women’s Football Team finish second in this year’s PFFWomen’s Cup
The Lady Booters had a stellar run in this year’s PFF Womens Cup, they finished number one in Group B with 10 points (3 wins, 1draw). A win over Chelsea SS FC in the opening day, tallying a 6-1 score. They next faced UP-Y, Chelo Hodges lifted LaSalle with a 42nd goal to go on to win their 2nd straight. UST then forced a draw in La Salle’s 3rd game, being up 1-0 after the 1st half, UST kept pushing in the 2nd half and was able to convert a goal in the stoppage time to share one point each.
In their Final Elimination game, the DLSU Women’s Football Team ended it with a bang, rolling past Lady Tamarraws FC, 3-0. They then faced Ateneo Booters in the Semifinals. They won over Ateneo in a late lone goal converted by Chelo Hodges in the 87th minute from a nice through ball pass by Irish Navaja to put La Salle in the Finals.
Come the Finals, they face the defending champions, the FEU Tamarraws. In the 1st minute, FEU tried to sneak a goal in but team captain Inna Palacios was there to stop and prevent the early minute goal. The Lady Booters had their chances too come the 8th minute, Irish Navaja once again passed a good through ball to striker Chelo Hodges but the FEU keeper was able to deflect the shot. The first 32 minutes of action was more of pacing.
FEU had more chances but Palacios displayed good stops and saves before the game was suspended 13 minutes before halftime. The play was then halted due to bad weather. Heavy rain and thunderstorms lasted for almost an hour that also made the playing field unplayable. In the continuation of the Finals, FEU’s Dolino directly made a long range shot in an open play that hit the bar and went in in the 33rd minute to put FEU up 1-0 during halftime.
Starting the 2nd half trailing, DLSU held more possession but the defending champions proved to be too much as they were able to double their lead in the 67th minute. Backs against the wall, DLSU Women’s Football team refused to back down as they were able to tally a goal from Angel Metillo from a free kick coming from a foul to cut the deficit, 2-1. Two minutes after, La Salle’s striker Chelo Hodges had the chance to equalize the game but the shot was way off.
Another attempt going in their way, the DLSU Women’s Football Team Captain Meryll Ledesma came off the bench and subbed in for Nicole Andaya, she had the chance to force extra time with an attempted goal on the top of the box but was off target.
The Final whistle blows, FEU takes the match and won their back-to-back PFF Women’s Cup Title. Meanwhile, all hails for LaSalle for putting up a good fight over powerhouse FEU and a gallant effort throughout the tournament.
2nd year Lady Booter, Irish Navaja took home the Best Midfielder Award, played a crucial role in setting up her teammates and lauds her team for the success. “Na overwhelm ako, sobrang proud sa team. And hindi naman ako naging best midfielder kundi dahil sa teammates ko.” She remarked. PFF Women’s Cup also promotes the camaraderie of every team and player, everyone had a photo to promote the unity of Women’s football. Play Fair Award was then awarded to the DLSU Women’s Team for not accumulating any card throughout the tournament.