Published on April 3rd, 2016 | by Naomi Imbang0
Lady Booters still on a winning streak; Green Booters rise back in the field
Another great day for the Football team of the De La Salle University at the Mckinley Hill Stadium after bringing home the victory in their match up last April 2. The Lady Booters proved once again that they are the team to beat this season after winning over the Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles, 3-1. On the other hand, the Green Booters came back strong after defeating the National University Bulldogs, 3-2.
The Lady Booters gave another smooth action-packed game and opened it with several goal chances in just few minutes after kickoff. Although they struggled in focusing the ball right into the box, at the 23rd minuted, Irish Navaja finally scored for the Taft-based squad. In the next 10 minutes of the game another goal came from the Green side after rookie superstar Sarah Castañeda saved Kyla Inquig’s shot.
As the Lady Booters continued in keeping the ball in the other side, the Lady Eagles made a smart move after putting in Tessa Bernardo, who managed to get the ball from the Green and White squad and got a point for the Lady Eagles. The Blue side gained confidence after the goal and tried to shoot numerous chances to LaSalle’s box, however, Inna Palacios’ keeps and her team’s defense was no match for their efforts.
Nine minutes left in the clock, Inquig surprised the Ateneans and made another goal for the Taft-based squad and eventually bringing home the bacon for the day.
For the Green Booters, they were like a phoenix coming out of the ashes after their downslide performance in the opening of the second round. It seems like the Taft-based squad learned from the lessons in their previous matches, and made a great comeback after successfully winning against NU Bulldogs.
The game started with early attempt goals from DLSU, however it was not strong enough to be able to go through the keeping of NU. Although both teams, made excellent game plays it wasn’t too long for the Bulldogs to finally take a better chance in scoring. At the 17th minute, NU’s team captain, Paolo Salenga scored after being given a penalty kick. Slowly, keeping up with NU’s pace before the first half ends, Greggy Yang managed to kick in LaSalle’s first goal at the 41st minute.
The Green side struggled in the first few minutes of the second half, they weren’t able to keep the ball rolling in their feet, which helped one of NU’s best players, Nico Macapal with his 72nd minute goal. As LaSalle’s chance of getting the victory lessened bit by bit, a bolt from the blue paved way in making last minute game plans for the Green Booters, after the official gave a 4-minute additional time.
The Taft-based squad used this last chance in winning the game, Nicko Villacin came from behind and moved through NU’s defense in the first minute. Without any hesitations, Villacin pushed it all and tied the game at two. Both teams played aggressively in the next few minutes, and just before the referee blow the whistle, Yang quickly kicked right into NU’s box ending the day with a win.
After the action-packed games, the Lady Booters are now a few kicks away from a grand entrance in the finals of the season. Next Sunday, April 10, they will go up against University of the Philippines Lady Maroons. For the Green Booters, they will face University of the East on April 9. Both games will be held at the Mckinley Hill Stadium.