Joyce Ann Onrubia and Harriette Lam powered Far Eastern University (FEU) to a 2-1 win over University of the Philippines (UP) in the Philippine Football Federation Women’s League (PFFWL) on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
Onrubia fired a low shot from Lam early in the second half as the Lady Tamaraws notched their fourth win to surpass idle No. 3 OutKast FC.
Although FEU scored a win, assistant coach Glaiza Artus rued the missed chances they had in the first 45 minutes.
“We could have scored more goals in the first half but we still have problems in our finishing,” said Artus, who temporarily took the duties of head mentor Let Dimzon as the latter is attending the nine-day Asia Football Confederation women’s coaching course in China.
With their fifth loss in eight games, the Lady Maroons remained No.8 with nine points.
UP struck the opening goal in the 26th minute as Angeliza Sta. Clara sped past goalkeeper Kimberly Parina, who committed a costly mistake of running outside the box.
Captain Jovelle Sudaria pulled one back for FEU to equalize shortly before the halftime.
Lam beat the offside trap before sending a low shot past goalkeeper Vanessa Estrada as Onrubia scored a goal with an easy tap, netting the eventual game-winner in the 59th.
The lady booters from Diliman almost equalized with a shot from Yanzie Yalong inside the box but it went straight to Parina’s hands.
Meanwhile, Shelah Mae Cadag executed a hat-trick as University of Sto. Tomas pummeled Hiraya FC, 5-1.
Cadag fired three goals in the first half while Hazel Lustan nailed the other two as the Lady Golden Booters emerged as No.5 with a 4-0-4 win-draw-loss record with 12 points.
Natasha Alquiros scored the lone goal for Hiraya, which dropped to No.7 with nine points to show on a 3-1-5 slate.