La Salle blanks Fuego España, stays unbeaten in PFFWL

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De La Salle University women’s football team.
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Banking on a first half flurry, De La Salle University blasted Fuego España FC, 6-0, in the Philippine Football Federation Women’s League (PFFWL) on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.

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Kyra Dimaandal and Kyla Inquig each fired a brace while Nicole Andaya and Chelo Hodges netted the other two goals as the unbeaten Lady Booters fortified their hold of the top spot with their eighth win in as many games.

The reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) champion was not able score in the final half, but head coach Hans Peter Smit did not mind.

“It (scoreless second half) is not a big problem. It normally happens. At least we got the three points,” said the seasoned mentor.

Smit also noted that he inserted his second stringers in the goalless half and let her key players, who are also part of the national training pool, get their needed rest.

Fuego España stood in stark contrast to its opponent as it remained winless in eight games.

League-leading scorer Dima­andal opened up the goalfest for La Salle just one minute into the game as she scored off a rebound.

Nicole Andaya quickly doubled the lead in the third minute and Inquig notched her first goal from close range in the ninth.

Six minutes later, an unmarked Hodges received a pass inside the box before putting on a clinical finish.

Dimaandal nodded a cross to complete her brace in the 22nd even as Inquig launched from the penalty arc to wrap up her own in the 36th.

Fuego España heaved a sigh of relief at the final whistle as it held the relentless La Salle to zero after opting to go full force on defense in the last 45 minutes.

In the other match of the day, University of Sto. Tomas stretched its winning streak to three at the expense of University of the Philippines, 5-2.

With the win, the Lady Golden Booters climbed to No. 3 with 15 points on a 5-0-4 win-draw-loss record.

The Lady Maroons’ slump continued as they suffered their fourth straight setback, which dropped them to No. 9, following the resumption of the league three weeks ago.

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