DYNASTY! Lady Booters vanquish FEU to claim third straight title

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Poised to win it all in the championship match, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters entered their final game of the season brimming with confidence as they faced the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws.

Indeed after 90 minutes of ball game, the Lady Booters delivered, pulling a 2-0 win over their rivals to be hailed as the champions of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Football tournament yesterday, May 16 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

With the victory, La Salle cemented their dynasty off a third consecutive title that also allowed them to become the winningest team in the league’s history, bannering 11 championships. The Lady Booters broke what was erstwhile a shared record between them and, coincidentally, the Lady Tamaraws, whose number remained at 10.

La Salle and FEU kept the game tight after figuring out in a nil to nil scoring at the first half.

In the second half, Sara Castañeda capitalized on a free kick at the 53rd minute of the match. The 22-year-old midfielder found Rocelle Mendaño, who finished with a header to put La Salle up, 1-0. At the 79th mark, Shai Del Campo sent the ball at the back of the net for a 2-0 lead, sinking the Lady Tamaraws effectively.

During the awarding ceremony, the Taft-based squad bagged various individual awards led by Castañeda’s MVP and Best Midfielder prizes. After leading the Green-and-White in scoring, Del Campo claimed the Best Striker and Rookie of the Year awards. Tashka Lacson defended her Best Goalkeeper title.

UAAP Season 81 Finals Team Preview: DLSU Lady Booters

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With the UAAP Season 81 down to its last two winner-take-all games, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters are looking to close out their campaign with a victory to seal their third consecutive title and stamp their dynasty in the Women’s Football tournament.

Highly favored to repeat this season, the two-time defending champions, led by team captain Kyra Dimaandal, promising rookie Shai Del Campo, and solid goalkeeper Tashka Lacson, opened the first round with a bang and 3-1-0 win-draw-loss record. Amidst their struggles in the second round, where they figured in three draws out of four matches, the Lady Booters managed to stay on top of the league.

Their 4-4-0 slate was enough to send them straight to the Finals, their fourth consecutive appearance. However, after facing UST in the last two editions, they are set to renew their rivalry with the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws this time around.

The DLSU-FEU rivalry is nothing new in the Women’s Football tournament, as the two have previously met in the Finals from Season 58 to Season 66. The Lady Booters have the edge though, taking five of those nine titles from the Lady Tamaraws. Both squads boast 10 championships each under their belts. Hence, it makes this season’s championship match a historic tie-breaker for the two winningest teams in the league’s history.

Although she has been in the Finals in each but one of her playing years, Dimaandal shared that the feeling is the same for the Lady Booters. “Same as last year, (we feel) nervous. We just want to defend the title.”

La Salle defeated the Morayta-based squad in their first encounter, before the latter figured in a draw with the Taft-based squad in their final assignments of the round-robin eliminations. Regardless of the elimination round results, the Dimaandal remains confident of her team’s chances.

“I know that we are capable of keeping the title in Taft. I trust that the girls will not settle for less than a championship,” she stated. The team captain continued, “The team is in good shape. We also have coaches that guide us in the game.”

Dimaandal knows that the title match will not be a walk in the park for them, just like any of their previous championships, “We need to improve on recovery from lapses and mistakes.” She ended, “We have to give not less than 101% and just want to win it more.”

Catch the DLSU Lady Booters in their final game of the season tomorrow, May 16, 2 PM at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Lady Booters dominate Lady Maroons to stay unbeaten

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters cruised past the University of Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons, 3-0, to garner their second win and remain undefeated in UAAP Season 81 earlier today at the Circulo Verde Pitch.

The defending champions drew first blood at the 28th minute courtesy of a Kyra Dimaandal goal. The team captain’s top-right corner attempt from outside the box off an Irish Navaja assist put La Salle ahead, 1-0.

UP gave a scare at the 40th minute with a spectacular kick to the right, but reigning Best Goalkeeper Tashka Lacson was able to put a stop to it with a high diving save.

Six minutes after the restart, the Taft-based squad doubled its advantage following a Navaja close-ranged goal. The 5th year veteran took advantage of the loose ball after a save by UP’s goalie to give La Salle a two-goal advantage.

At the 59th minute, the Green and White hit the nail in the coffin with a Shai Del Ocampo goal off a Sara Castañeda assist to push her team’s lead to three. The super rookie has now scored in each of the three games she has played thus far this season.

The Lady Maroons found it difficult to put themselves on board as the Lady Booters showed spectacular defense, manned by Lacson.

UP attempted to get a consolation goal at the 89th minute, but Lacson proved too strong for the Lady Maroons as a 1v1 play resulted in favor of the Green and White to secure a clean sheet for her.

With the victory, the Lady Booters improved to seven points with a 2-1-0 win-draw-lose record.

Catch the Lady Booters as they play against the FEU Lady Tamaraws (2-0-1) on Wednesday, 3PM at the same venue.

Lady Booters and UST tied in battle between Season 80 finalists

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The battle between last season’s finalists turned out even as the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters and the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses ended in a 2-2 draw last Saturday, March 9, at Circulo Verde.

Last season’s runner-up UST dominated the first half with most chances coming from them, one in which Mae Cadag attempted to capitalize a series of error by La Salle. However, reigning Best Goalkeeper Tashka Lacson proved she is still in best shape, executing a wonderful save to keep the match even at the end of the first half.

Following a grueling first half, the tides changed at the 51st minute as the Lady Booters drew first blood after a close range finish by team captain Kyra Dimaandal off an Irish Navaja cross.

The goal did not stop the Lady Tigresses from pushing forward. Nine minutes after, Mary Joy Indac moved past the defenders to shift the momentum onto their sides, tying the game at one goal apiece. Then, at the 71st minute, UST’s captain Hazel Lustan took advantage of La Salle’s miscommunication and gave them their second goal in 10 minutes, overtaking the defending champions, 2-1.

The Taft-based squad did not rattle and composed themselves after the turn of events. The rookie connection between Shai De Ocampo and Maye Mendaño worked wonders as the former netted in a wonderful header from the latter’s corner kick at the 73rd minute, keeping the Green and White back into the game at 2-all.

Both teams hustled for their third goals, but several 1v1 spectacular Lacson saves and continuous crossbar hits by the defending champions denied any squad from attaining them.

With this draw, the Lady Booters secured second place with four points after two played games.

Catch the DLSU Lady Booters (1-1-0) as they attempt to improve their record when they face the UP Fighting Lady Maroons (1-0-1) on Saturday, March 16, 1 PM at the same venue.

Rooks take charge as Lady Booters down Lady Eagles in season opener

Rooks take charge as Lady Booters down rivals Lady Eagles in season opener The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters started their season with a dominating win against arch-rivals Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 3-0, yesterday, March 6, at the Circulo Verde Pitch.

The Ladies in Green started well with numerous attempts to the goal. One of those attempts done at 23’, went in but was disallowed by the referees because Captain Kyra Dimaandal was offside. Nearing the end of the first half, at 36’, Rookie Shai del Campo showed her skills in the box and scored a goal for La Salle for a 1-0 edge.

Then, at 39’, another neophyte in Maye Mendaño, converted a penalty kick given to La Salle after a handball infraction from the Katipunan-based squad. La Salle was up two points to nil at half time.

During the early minutes of the second half, last season’s Best Keeper, Tashka Lacson, had heroic saves that helped the Lady Booters’ defense remain impenetrable. None of the Ateneans’ attempts made it past the DLSU wall.

The Lady Booters didn’t stop pushing even if they had a cushion of two points. Their kapitana didn’t fail to show her team how it’s done as Dimaandal scored a goal at 67’. The game was fast-paced with both teams running up and down the field attempting to score but the game ended at 3-0, giving the Taft-based squad their first victory of the season.

When asked how the game went for his team, Coach Hans said that they only played 80% of the team’s potential, “There were so many mischances, not chances of shots but chances to go on to attack. The rookies played as expected but the thing now is that we need to have more intensity for our next game because we’re playing UST and there’s not many days for recovery”.

Captain Dimaandal invites everyone to come and watch them defend their title against UST and promises a higher intesity game. “I think we played bit relaxed today and I know we can do more. For the next game, we plan on having higher intensities for our match”.

The DLSU Lady Booters will face UST Growling Tigers this coming Saturday, March 9, 1pm at the same venue.

UAAP Season 81 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Booters

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Entering Season 81 as the reigning back-to-back champions of the UAAP Women’s Football Tournament, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters are eager to defend the title and aim for a three-peat with their great combination of players and good practices.

Protecting the crown

After bagging consecutive championships in Seasons 79 and 80, assistant coach Alvin Ocampo assuredly said that the title has been a big factor in boosting the confidence of the Lady Booters. He also mentioned the improvements he saw during the preseason league among the rookies and the seniors who displayed a sense of authority and responsibility in commanding the team.

Alongside the preseason league that the ladies have participated in, team captain Kyra Dimaandal also mentioned that they had different kinds of training that allowed them to examine a variety of plays that they can use.

Rookie Alisha Del Campo, who previously played for De La Salle Santiago Zobel, mentioned the need to step up and perform at a collegiate level. “In training, we are always pushed to give our best and to improve more and more every single day so that when the season comes, we’re ready for our opponents and all the challenges coming our way,” Del Campo said.

More than physical preparations, the Lady Booters are also setting up a positive mindset. Commitment, discipline, eagerness, and trust are the values that the back-to-back champions instill. Irish Navaja, who will be playing her last UAAP season revealed, “The only way to keep the crown is to trust each and everyone in the team because that’s the most important weapon that we have against our opponent.”

Goal!

With all the other teams hungry to steal the meal from DLSU, the Lady Booters aim to double their efforts in order to keep the crown. Each of them has their personal and team goals.

Dimaandal stated, “Personal and team goal is to keep La Salle’s glory bright by keeping the championship. We’ve all been trying to be better even through hard times. What’s important is we all try to fix our mistakes and help each other. That’s the main plan—just being progressive.”

In and out of the field

Being a student-athlete has never been easy. Dimaandal revealed that she sometimes gets sidetracked by her academic and personal life, but it is her desire to lead the team to be better and build something that they, graduating seniors, will leave behind.

As one of the senior players, Navaja reminded the team to never settle for less. “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”

She is confident of having a “sweet exit” at the tail of this season.

For the past two UAAP seasons, the Lady Booters have been strategically improving their plans as they bid to consistently achieve their goals.

Dimaandal shared, “It takes a team to get a championship. With the combination of players, we have good practices and chances to be better, not only in the field but (also) by developing characters that will strive for greatness and won’t settle for mediocrity.”

The DLSU Lady Booters will face their archrivals Ateneo de Manila University in their first game of the season on Wednesday, March 6, 3 PM, at Circulo Verde.

Lady Booters on their way to second straight finals after stalemate with FEU

Neither team scored in their football match at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Saturday, but the De La Salle University Lady Booters still came out as the real victors after a draw with the hungry football team of Far Eastern University to book their ticket to the finals.

Coming in, DLSU held a 5W-0D-2L card while FEU stood at 3W-3D-1L. Both teams were eager to come out with a win brought by the playoff implications that the match held, since the DLSU needed at least a draw to clinch a finals spot, while FEU needed a win to force a playoff with La Salle.

The match began with both teams trading possessions. La Salle was determined to carry the momentum off their last win, but FEU had other plans. The Morayta-based squad succeeded in halting La Salle’s attempts.

At the half, both teams were still held scoreless at 0-0.

Far Eastern University showed grit in the second half to try and keep their season alive. Several possessions were given for them but the Lady Tamaraws just couldn’t capitalize thanks to La Salle’s annihilating defense.

The 3 minutes added time wasn’t any help for FEU either, as La Salle clamped down on the kickers of their opponents, who were struggling all match to get a goal.

In the end, FEU’s attempts to find the net scrambled, and the match resulted in a scoreless draw, much to the delight of the Green and White.

With the result of the game as it is, the Lady Booters are now headed for the UAAP Season 80 women’s football finals, booking a rematch with the University of Santo Tomas Lady Booters. The Taft-based squad is looking for a repeat of last season when they swept the Black and Gold to capture the Season 79 title.

The title games kick off April 5 at the same venue. Be there to support the Lady Booters! Animo!

 

DLSU Lady Booters bounce back with win over UP Fighting Lady Maroons

The De La Salle University Lady Booters defeated the University of the Philippines Fighting Lady Maroons, 1-0, on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

In the first few minutes after kickoff, dominant performances from both La Salle and UP were on display. A corner kick was given to UP’s Bling Perez but luckily, our very own Nicole Andaya headed the ball away. Numerous attempts from skipper Kyra Dimaandal and the rest of the La Salle squad were fired but none could get pass UP’s tough defense. There were a number of close calls for La Salle. Fortunately, the great wall of Tashka Lacson was there. On the 45th+2 minute, Lady Maroon Cristina Delos Reyes received the ball and dribbled swiftly past La Salle’s defense. It was a one-on-one against the keeper. She took the shot but it went straight to Lacson. Seconds later, a Lady Maroon fired another ball to the goal, but La Salle’s defense was impenetrable. The first half ended with tired girls and null scores.

During half time, head coach Hans Smit had the team sit down for a meeting. Dimaandal shared that he told them they weren’t playing to their standards.

“Coach was telling us that we weren’t playing the way we should. He pointed out our mistakes and how bad we played, made us realize we could do more.”

The Lady Booters adjusted themselves and made the second half more fruitful for La Salle. A goal was bound to come as La Salle was presented with bountiful opportunities in front of UP’s goal. In the 56th minute, the ball was just inches away from the line but was miraculously saved by a Lady Maroon. However, Shannon Arthur served as the saving grace when she saw an opening from the outside. She scored a goal at 59’ to put La Salle on the scoreboard, 1-0.

Within ten minutes after Arthur’s goal, UP had attempted thrice but to no avail. First, De los Reyes nearly tied the game with a great shot that missed Lacson’s hands. Unluckily for the Diliman-based squad, it hit the woodwork and bounced right back into the field. Bling Perez also tried to shoot but Lacson just would not have it. Finally, a shot from Ikeesha Aquino lobbed straight to Lacson’s gloves as she demonstrated how the Lady Booters do defense.

Nearing the end of the match, several possessions were exchanged but the Lady Maroons seemed to have burned up their fuel. The Lady Booters walked away with the victory, 1-0.

With this win, Dimaandal said that team are currently pushing themselves to get the victory.

“Puso lang. We’re in difficult positions because of injuries and such, but the team always had the heart to play.”

The DLSU Lady Booters bounced back and improved to 5W-0D-2L. They will face the 3W-3D-1L FEU on Saturday, 9 AM at the same venue.

 

DLSU Lady Booters assert mastery over arch-rivals Ateneo Lady Eagles

The De La Salle University Lady Booters came victorious against arch-rivals Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles, 1-0, in the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Football Tournament on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

At the start of the game, La Salle and Ateneo were aggressive against each other. Lady Booter Kyla Inquig had an opportunity to get her team ahead after being rewarded a free kick at the 13th mark of the match. However, she could not convert.

It was a defensive mindset for both teams through the rest of the first half as neither teams could pinch a goal. It was a 0-0 affair at the end of first half.

In the second half, though, the Taft-based squad found a way to get themselves on board as Kyra Dimaandal saw an opening, took it, and made it. Her team went ahead, 1-0, at the 58th minute.

Ateneo tried to equalize in the remaining minutes of the game. However, La Salle’s defense said otherwise as the Lady Booters did not let the Lady Eagles to find the end of the net.

The former went on to win the game, 1-0.

Virtually, following this win, La Salle has taken out Ateneo from Finals contention.

The DLSU Lady Booters started the second round of the season with a win against arch-rivals Ateneo. They look to go all-out on Saturday as they hope to stretch their winning streak when they face UST in the same venue.

DLSU Lady Booters bow to UST Tigresses, get streak snapped

The De La Salle University Lady Booters went on their second game of the season and fell to the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses, 0-1, in the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Football Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, earlier today.

DLSU’s goalie, Lacson, went full-guard on saves as the opposing team tried to kick-off with a series of goal attempts.

In the second half, DLSU had a chance to score for a penalty kick but was denied by the Tigresses on the 59th-minute mark. Topped with another free kick denied from Sharon Arthur at the 67th minute.

The Lady Tigresses were able to pierce in a goal in the 73rd minute of the match to break the defending champion’s winning streak.

The DLSU Lady Booters will face the FEU Lady Tamaraws on February 17, Saturday, 9 AM at the same venue.