UAAP Women’s Football: La Salle finishes runner-up

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University of Santo Tomas stunned La Salle in the penalty shootout, 4-1, after a 1-1 regulation tie to seal the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s football crown Tuesday at the Ateneo field.

Joma Clemente knocked in the title-winning goal over De La Salle goalkeeper Hannah Ibarra as the Tigresses clinched their first ever UAAP women’s football crown.

Shiralyn Francisco, Jovelyn Artillaga and Aprilyn Reyes earlier scored in the shootout before a save by Irish Jane Rapal on a shot by La Salle’s Samantha Nierras turned the match around.

“It was the team unity and great chemistry that won it for us,” said UST rookie coach Rozano Estraban.

The Lady Archers drew first blood with a goal by Ma. Clarissa Lazaro in the 61st minute but the Tigresses drew level with a strike by Marianne Narciso in the 68th minute.

La Salle came into the finals undefeated with six wins and two draws en route to a twice-to-beat edge.

But the Tigresses beat the Lady Archers, 2-0, behind two goals in extra time last Thursday, forcing a rubber match for the title.

Mary Cres Ignacio, who scored one of the goals in that win, was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the women’s tournament.

Rapal was named the Best Goalkeeper while Narciso won the Rookie of the Year award.

Louella Leah Amalio of UST took home the Best Defender, Nierras the Best Midfielder, La Salle’s Jessica Ryon the Best Striker, and UP got the Fair Play award. –GMANews.TV

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