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 look to continue winning ways in Round 2

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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
the game.”

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.

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.

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.

Arthur, Lady Booters overcome UP to start title defense

The De La Salle University Lady Booters started their title defense with a come-from-behind victory over the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 3-1, in the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Football Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. earlier today.

Shannon Arthur, who came back from a year off because of an ACL injury, scored a brace in the 60th and 90th-minute marks, while Chelo Hodges pierced in a goal in the 35th minute.

The Lady Maroons surprised the Green side early in the match as Red Sajonia blasted a cross in the 23rd minute to give UP the 1-0 lead.

With their backs against the wall, DLSU quickly erased the deficit with substitute Hodges pinching in the equalizer off another cross from Kyla Inquig in the 35th-minute mark.

La Salle did not look back as Arthur netted a free kick via a long volley to put the Lady Booters up, 2-1, in the 60th minute.

Arthur sealed in the dagger in the 90th-minute mark, unleashing another long-range boomer on the way to victory.

Support the Lady Booters as they face the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses on February 14, Wednesday, 9 AM at the same venue.

 

 

 

 

Lady Booters yield UAAP Football crown to UP, settle for second place

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The De La Salle University Lady Booters lost to the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 1-2, in a tianic clash in the UAAP Season 78 Women’s Football Finals, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, earlier today.

La Salle was going for the kill early in the first half as Mary Cristine Duran crossed it to Kyla Inquig for a header but the ball went wide in the fourth minute of the match. Chelo Hodges had another chance to deliver the first goal for DLSU, but she sent it straight into UP’s Javier in the seventh minute mark. The Green and White team gained advantage in ball possession and they were blasting shots on the offensive end of the field.

Team captain Inna Palacios denied every chance UP could get, as the La Salle defense suffocated the booters from Diliman.

Rookie sensation Sara Castaneda and Irish Navaja brought life to DLSU once more but their shots went wide the post. Castaneda broke free from the Maroon defense, but Javier timely came out the box to block the shot in the 38th minute.

At the start of the second half, the Lady Booters suffered a huge blow as Regine Metillo got a yellow card and allowed a penalty kick for UP which eventually led to the first goal of the match from Delos Reyes in the 57th mark, 0-1. In the 61st minute, Aira Agustin was called for handball inside the box. Castaneda then pinched in the equalizer, 1-1.

However, the Lady Maroons took the driver’s seat and changed the tides yet again, a header from Sta. Clara marked the final and winning goal of the match for UP, 1-2, in the 67th mark.

Free kicks and corners from Shannon Arthur could not connect for La Salle. Time ran out for Coach Hans Peter-Smits’s crew as they were not able to tie the match.

Meanwhile, the Lady Booters though, dominated the individual awards. Main gunner Arthur won the Best Striker award after finishing the season with seven goals. Palacios bagged the Best Goalkeeper honors after allowing seven goals from opponents and Regine Metillo notched the Best Defender award.

Castaneda garnered three awards in her maiden year in the UAAP, getting the nod for the Rookie of the Year, Best Midfielder awards, and co-Best Striker with Arthur for Season 78.

This year’s Mythical XI also consisted most of the booters from Taft with Navaja and Inquig completing the winners in the individual accolades for DLSU.

The Lady Booters might have lost, but this season was no doubt the best one for DLSU as the team made a fantastic run. Heads up La Salle!