De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas finished as the top two teams at the end of the first round of the UAAP Women’s Football tournament last Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Kyla Inquig scored five minutes from time to give La Salle a first round sweep with 1-0 win over Far Eastern University. The forward scored in the 85th minute with a header to the far post from Irish Navaja’s free kick. La Salle finished the first round with 12 points and riding on a four game winning streak.
However, La Salle coach Hans Peter Smit was unimpressed with the rather lacklustre performance his team put on.
“They lost focus that’s why I got mad at them (after the match) because during the warm up, they were too relaxed,” said Smit. “At least as the game went on, they picked up a little. They still showed true character, but today was not the same day unlike the last three games.”
Charise Lemoran netted a hat-trick and led UST to a 3-2 win over Ateneo de Manila University in the second game. The forward had a sharp eye on goal, scoring in the second, 36th, and 54th minute to lift her side to second place with nine points.
“I made an effort to bounce back (from the UP game),” said Lemoran. “I wouldn’t have scored if not for my teammates cheering me on.”
Ateneo had plenty of chances to snatch a late equalizer after Tessa Bernardo’s 26th minute strike and Camille Rodriguez’ free kick in the 70th minute. However, it was not meant to be as UST defended well in the dying minutes to bring home the three points.
The second round of the Men’s tournament begins today at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. FEU and National University meet in the first game at 3:00 PM. League leaders Ateneo and the University of the Philippines battle in the second game at 5:00 PM. — CAL