Photo courtesy of Bro Ceci
University of Santo Tomas stunned No. 1 La Salle in extra time with a 2-0 win Thursday to force a knockout match in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s football finals at the Ateneo field.
Mary Cres Ignacio scored the game’s first goal in the 97th minute before Aprilyn Reyes followed with another in the 98th minute for the Tigresses, who stayed alive as the Lady Archers hold a twice-to-beat edge in the finals.
“Medyo naubusan kami ng hangin pero mabuti nalang at nakabawi nung extra time (We kind of lost steam but good thing we were able to bounce back in extra time),” said UST coach Rozano Estrabon.
The Tigresses and Lady Archers return to action on Tuesday at the Ateneo field to determine the women’s football champion.
Ignacio knocked in the goal when La Salle goalkeeper Hanna Ibarra failed to cleanly block the ball.
Reyes tapped in a shot by Marianne Narciso and the Tigresses have a comfortable 2-0 lead with time running out.
La Salle had a scoring chance with only a minute left in regulation when Samantha Nierras broke free but her shot went straight to UST goalie Irish Jane Rapal.
The Lady Archers are seeking a return to the championship throne after winning four straight crowns from 2003 to 2006. – GMANews.TV