Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel
After topping Round 1 with a win-draw-loss record of 3-1-0, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters look to sustain their run in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 Womenʼs Football Tournament.
The defending champions opened their campaign with a whipping of archrivals Ateneo, before engaging in a draw with UST. They then blanked UP and punished FEU for their second and third wins, respectively.
Shai del Campo emerged as the teamʼs top-scorer in the first round. The rookie has notched a goal in each of the Lady Booters outings, including four in La Salleʼs 5-1 win against FEU.
The national squad skipper mentioned that the results they got were all fruits of the teamʼs hard work. She added, “It was made possible because everyone in the team did their part.”
The three-peat-seeking squad is confident of the chemistry that they have. Being a factor that pushed each player to her best ability, the Lady Booters aim to continue such rapport along with the continuous trust in each member of the team as they keep their eye on the goal to get each game done until the championship.
“We just have to continue pushing and believing in ourselves and our teammates,” Del Campo stated.
Despite leading the standings midway through the season, the defending champions are still far from where they want to be. Committing mistakes is still inevitable for the team.
Kyra Dimaandal lamented the teamʼs inability to start strong. “We start kind of slow. We warm up slow to
However, a sure identified strength of the reigning back-to-back champions is their capacity to see and recover from it and obtain a series of improvements every game. Moreover, Dimaandal rated their attacking as “good, considering we never really had a permanent play to follow.”
The Green-and-White have been progressively carrying out impressive attacks brought out by their training and finding the right mindset before each game.
Dimaandal considered their matchup against the FEU Lady Tamaraws as the game that accentuated the best performance of the team.
Prior to their match against FEU, which also happened to be their last assignment in the first round, the team was able to make the necessary adjustments. “We were already able to adjust, know what to do and what not to do,” Dimaandal shared.
Furthermore, most of their lineup was fielded as a result of their performance. The veteran added, “It was also the game where most of the girls in the lineup were able to play.”
The DLSU Lady Booters will kick off Round 2 against the UP Fighting Lady Maroons tomorrow, 9 AM, still at the Circulo Verde Pitch.