Lady Archers Football set to boast even stronger lineup in Season 81, says Hans Smit
Santino Honasan on Apr 10, 2018 03:48 PM
"It’s a good thing now that we got it this year. Next year, we’ll be even stronger."
You can consider it a warning.
After besting season tormentors University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 women's finals, Thursday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, De La Salle University bagged their second straight UAAP Women's Football championship.
It was their tenth women's title overall, tying them with Far Eastern University for the winningest women's program in the UAAP.
After a perfect Season 79, the injured and undermanned Lady Archers had to go through a number of setbacks in Season 80 before being able to repeat as champions.
Now, looking to the future, Smit says that next season's Lady Archers will even be stronger next season.
A scary thought for the other teams, considering that the Lady Archers still won it all, even with a depleted roster.
"It’s a good thing now that we got it this year. Next year, we’ll be even stronger." a confident Smit said to the media following their 2-1 win over UST in the women's championship match.
Bidding goodbye after this season will be seniors Kyla Inquig and Nicole Andaya, but as Smit says, he'll be having a lot of talent coming back and coming when Season 81 rolls in.
"The sisters are coming back, that’s two. I got four or five recruits coming in, and these are Class A players. Like I said, next year, we’ll be stronger."
Smit is referring to sisters Sara and Anicka Castañeda, a couple of players that will definitely fortify DLSU's lineup.
Midfielder Sara has already played two seasons for the Lady Archers, but sat out Season 80 to prepare for National Team duties. Younger sister Anicka, a highly-touted prospect from De La Salle Zobel, was also set to join DLSU in Season 80, but was pulled out due to National Team duties as well.
Aside from that, Christine Duran and Nina Arrieta are both also expected to rejoin the team following their ACL injuries during the recently-concluded tournament.
"Duran will be back from her ACL. Arrieta will be back from her ACL, so that’s how many back?"
"Competition in the first team will be even tougher for the girls." Smit added.
With a complete and healthy lineup, do the Lady Archers have a good chance at sweeping Season 81 en route to a third-consecutive UAAP Women's Championship?