De La Salle University blazed through its opposition in the first round of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 78 women’s football Tournament.
The Lady Archers, who won all of their four games for a total of 12 points in the contests, landed comfortably on top of the standings of the five-team competition.
During its last outing, La Salle managed to cap off its impressive opening round campaign with a convincing 2-0 win over University of the Philippines (UP).
La Salle immediately captured the front seat of the affair in the initial minutes as a long-distance strike by Kyla Inquig found the back of the net in the sixth minute to give her side a 1-0 advantage.
The Lady Maroons searched deep to find a reply to the early conversion of their foes with several attempts by Mary Rose Obra and Louise Manalansan but their shots failed to hit their mark until the halftime break.
Play resumed for the second half with UP still pressing forward in hopes of equalizing the score but DLSU goalkeeper Inna Palacios easily handled their assaults.
The Obra and Manalansan duo continued sparking the offense of UP with their relentless raids on the La Salle territory but was unable to pierce through the defense.
The Lady Archers, on the other hand, also maintained a series of blitzes in hopes of padding their lead with another goal but the back-line of the Lady Maroons held their own to prevent another goal.
However, another long-distance effort went through for DLSU in the dying minutes of regulation as Sara Castaneda converted a gripping shot from beyond the box in the 87th minute to seal the game for her team.
With the win, La Salle emerges as the only unbeaten squad in the first round of games while the Lady Maroons settled for their seat at the second spot with two wins and two losses.
La Salle opened its tour of duty in the tourney with a win over bitter rival Ateneo de Manila University before notching another win against Far Eastern University (FEU).
La Salle caught its biggest win in the season following their rout of University of Santo Tomas (UST), 6-0, on the brace performances by Castaneda and Shannon Arthur.
Besides La Salle, the defending champions Lady Tamaraws also ended the first elimination round on a high note with a come-from-behind victory over Ateneo, 2-1.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES