Far Eastern University (FEU) and Outkast FC settled for a scoreless draw in the curtain raiser of the 2016 season of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Women’s League at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Saturday.
Despite locking horns early in the game, the opposing squads were unable to seal tallies for their sides throughout their heated 90-minute contest.
The Lady Tamaraws pressed for a goal right from the get go but were unable to pierce through the fortified back-line of their rivals until the end of regulation.
On the other end, Outkast also pushed forward to pressure the defense of their younger foes in conceding a goal but failed to secure a tally for their end.
Outkast spoiled FEU’s initial match in their bid to defend their crown as the queens of the country’s top tier women’s football tournament.
University of Santo Tomas (UST) was off to a positive start to their campaign after crushing Fuego Espana FC, 7-0, in the second game of the day.
The Lady Tigresses caught the only three points of the day on high fashion to ascend as the provisional top squads of the competition after the opening day.
High-scoring Charisa Lemoran starred for the Thomasians during the lopsided win of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) side with a hat-trick performance.
Lemoran opened her scoring onslaught in the 19th minute of the contest after evading her defenders deep inside their foes’ territory followed by consecutive strikes in the 30th and 35th minutes, respectively.
UST swiftly stepped on the gas pedal in the start of the affair with relentless assaults and was rewarded with a goal in the 13th minute courtesy of Hazel Lustan.
Fuego Espanya retaliated with small outbursts towards the end of the first half but were unable to secure a goal and was left to settle on the short end of a UST 4-0 advantage at halftime.
As play resumed for the second half, UST continued their pounce on the defenders of their rivals started off with the 60th minute shot of Jan Cleofe to extend the margin to 5-0.
Bea Panganiban further improved the lead of their club with a strike of their own in the 69th minute after being left unmarked in the Fuego Espana side of the pitch.
Yvonne San Diego capped off the stellar display of skill of UST with a breakaway goal in the second minute of added time.
Meanwhile, Collegiate champion University of the Philippines begin its campaign against Green Archers United FC today at 2 p.m.