Super Strikers: Lady Booters remain unscathed after crushing UST!
Published on February 25th, 2017 | by Karl Niccolo Dela Cruz
“Let’s play the La Salle way,” was what DLSU Lady Booters Head Coach Hans Smit said at the huddle before the game. True enough, his wards were able to put his words into action after taking down the streaking UST Golden Tigresses at the UAAP 79 women’s football tournament, February 25 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Booters opened the match with aggressive ball-handling having Kyra Dimaandal and Nicole Andaya sparking the offense. At the 13-minute mark, UAAP 78 Rookie of the Year Sara Castañeda gave La Salle a 1-0 advantage off a free kick. The Taft-based squad continued to rally on their offense and defense to deflect attempts from the Tigresses.
The Tigresses were able to keep their passing but the La Salle defenders banked on a steady line of defense in Dimple Tejada, Angge Metillo and goalkeeper Inna Palacios. The Taft-based squad was able to spark their offense once again with the Kyla Inquig connecting with Dimaandal, challenging UST’s defenders and letting the Lady Booters lead, 2-nil, at 29’. The Green and White strikers capitalized on their wingers to take charge of the action letting Andaya score La Salle’s third goal from the left at the 33rd minute. A pesky wave of Golden Tigresses surged La Salle’s defense line only for Palacios to save a strike from Hazel Lustan, 38’.
After the halftime, the España-based squad entered the field anew with better offense and defense. The Lady Booters tried to match UST’s pace with defenders coming in here and there but a persistent Charisa Lemoran emerged with a free kick at 52’ letting the ball slide from Palacios’ hands and into the goal, 3-1. Lemoran tried to sneak in another goal at but Palacios was able to deny her this time.
Immediately, the Lady Booters ignited their offense once again to let Andaya score at the 52-minute mark as well. Two minutes after the previous sequence, Castañeda fired a shot from the right and into the goal giving La Salle a convenient 5-1 lead in the game.
The fast-paced play of La Salle went on for a few minutes until the Golden Tigresses went on a defensive rampage deflecting attempts from the Green and White shirts. Coming in at the right time, Lemoran was able to give UST its second point after an error from the La Salle strikers, 76’.
At the dying minutes of the match, the Lady Booters were shocked by an unfazed UST offense with goal attempts coming in from Lemoran and Lustan here and there. However, defense was key for the Taft-based squad not letting the Golden Tigresses get a goal past Palacios.
It seemed as if the match was about to end at a 5-2 score at the 90+2-minute mark but the Lady Booters added a little more salt to the España-based squad’s bitter loss when another goal from Dimaandal passed through the UST goal.
After the match, Coach Smit looked satisfied with the team’s “La Salle way” of playing. “It was a good step up from last game. So to me, we get better and better every day the more it matters,” said Smit. The Lady Booters went on a scoring rampage in the game which Smit considers a confidence-boost for the Taft-based squad. However, Smit was still keen on the adjustments the Lady Booters would have to make coming in to the next few games. “The girls are getting to their groove but they could have done better. Hopefully in the next game, our players could execute better than what we did tonight,” he added. In addition, Smit stressed how execution would be key for the Lady Booters in the stretch of the elimination for the team to keep their winning form. “Execution should be always. Discipline and consistency is what’s important,” expressed Smit.
With the win, DLSU sits at a 2-0-0 win-draw-loss card at the continuation of the tournament. The Lady Booters look to execute and continue their winning streak in their next match as they go against the top-gunning ADMU Lady Eagles, March 4, 5PM at the same venue.