Karl Decena, InterAKTV, Photo by Venice Furio
The Philippine national women’s football team ended its campaign on a high note after steamrolling Laos, 7-2, in the 2013 ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship Wednesday at the Aung San Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
The Malditas, who are already out of contention, jumped out to a hot start with Joana Houplin scoring just 39 seconds into the match. She followed it right away with goals at the third and seventh minutes to put the Filipinos to an early 3-nil lead.
Houplin bagged her fourth goal of the match after scoring at the 31st minute before a Laos conversion to give the Malditas a comfortable 4-1 cushion.
Natasha Alquiros scored at the 59th minute, Chalise Baysa at the 69th minute, and Sunshine Soriano at the 80th minute to account for the rest of the Malditas’ goals in the match. Laos went on to score a penalty late in the game to settle the final score.
Despite the victory, the Malditas fell short of advancing to the next round after placing third behind Group B leaders Japan and Myanmar, which will face Group A top seeds defending champion Vietnam and Australia in the semifinals.
The Filipinos earlier won against Indonesia (6-0) and lost to Japan (4-1) and Myanmar (5-1) to finish the tournament with an even 2-2 win-loss record.