UAAP Season 80 Women's Football: Inquig brace leads DLSU to back-to-back championships
Santino Honasan on Apr 05, 2018 07:26 PM
Back-to-back UAAP Women's Football titles for the DLSU Women's Football Team!
The girls in green stepped up when it mattered most.
After falling short against University of Santo Tomas twice in the UAAP Season 80 women’s football tournament, De La Salle University got the last laugh, as the defending champions bested their Espanya-based counterparts, 2-1, in the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Football championship match, Thursday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Graduating Kyla Inquig drew first blood for the Lady Archers in the 12th minute after curling a free kick from the left side that snuck into the upper right side of the goal.
The lead wouldn’t last too long for the defending champions however, as Season 80 Best Striker Shela Cadag scored her eighth goal of the season to pull the Tigresses even at the 22nd minute of the match.
As the match carried on, fatigue started taking it’s toll on both sides, with cramps and injuries hitting a handful of players.
One of those players that began cramping up was Inquig, who managed to come up big late in the second half, The reigning MVP fired the go-ahead-goal from outside the penalty box with ten minutes left in regulation.
UST, who finished the eliminations with the top seed, turned the pressure up in the final moments of the match, hoping to force an extension with another equalizer.
Unfortunately for the Thomasian side, no more tying goal would come and the Lady Archers held on for the win, and more importantly, held on to the championship.
“The girls, they showed true character, playing this way, playing in pain. They’ve been in pain for so long.” said DLSU head coach Hans Peter Smit, referencing the number of injuries that the team had suffered throughout the season. “They wanted to get this game, chances were there for UST, we also had our chances but UST is a more dangerous team, they’re a healthy team, they’re very fast. I just had to play the mind game, like I said, and in positioning.”
Smit also had high praise for Inquig, who bids farewell to her UAAP career with back-to-back titles and back-to-back Most Valuable Player honors. “It’s very hard to replace her.”
With the win, DLSU claims their tenth UAAP women’s football crown, and their first back-to-back reign since going on a four-pear from 2002 to 2006.