• Filipinas rout Northern Mariana Islands 13-0 in AFC U16 meet

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    The Philippine Girls Under-16 National Football Team CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    The Philippine Girls Under-16 National Football Team CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    The Philippine Girls Under-16 National Football Team notched their second straight victory in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U16 Women’s Championship qualifiers at the expense of Northern Mariana Islands, 13-0, in Weifang, China on Tuesday.

    The squad’s two consecutive wins tightened its grip on the top spot of Group B for a total of six points plus 15 edge on goal difference.

    San Carlos City, Negros Occidental standout Tejanee Isulat led the Philippines with a notable output of four goals.

    Isulat scored her first goal immediately after the opening whistle in the first minute followed by strikes in the 13th, 32nd and 63rd minutes.

    Denice Graellos also made her presence felt with a goal of her own in the second minute followed by another conversion by Caitlin Levasseur.

    The wards of head coach Let Dimzon sustained their onslaught as Maeva Collatos and Hannah Villasin notched goals in the 18th and 33rd minutes, respectively.

    Glynnes Dela Cruz concluded the display of offensive prowess of the Filipinas in the initial half of action with a goal of her own in the 43rd to extend her team’s advantage to 8-0 at halftime.

    As play resumed, the Filipinas renewed their attacks and were rewarded with two more markers courtesy of Denezza Graellos in the 47th minute and Isabella Mahoney in the 54th.

    The Philippines did not give the Lady Ayuyus any chance to retaliate until the final whistle as Stacey Arthur and Regine Rebosura also posted goals in the dying minutes of the game.

    The Pinay booters opened their campaign in the continental youth-level football tournament with a convincing 2-0 win over India on Sunday.

    They will be on a two-day break before their toughest challenge in the tourney when they clash with Asian powerhouse South Korea on September 3.

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