The Philippine Women’s National Football Team’s quest for the country’s first Southeast Asian football gold has gone to a rousing start as the Filipinas blanked debuting Cambodia, 5-0, Monday evening in Cam Pha.
Five ladies goaled for the Filipinas against one of the world’s newest national squads in the 2021 Vietnam Southeast Asian Games.
Seventeen-year-old Isabella Flanigan kickstarted the scoring rampage with a looper from outside the penalty box at the 27th minute that went past the Cambodian congestion for her second international goal.
The Filipinas then scored four goals in a span of sixteen minutes in the second half.
Asian Cup hero Sarina Bolden came in as a substitute in the second half and made her presence felt immediately by scoring an easy header off a long left cross from rookie Kaya Hawkinson at the 64th minute. It was her sixth international goal of her career.
Four minutes later, defender Eva Madarang goals off the clumsy hands of the Cambodian goalkeeper as she scored her tenth international goal, tying Sara Castañeda for sixth in the all-time scoring list of the national squad.
Chiba standout Quinley Quezada also achieved a milestone, scoring on a tap-in off Tahnai Annis’ left corner kick for her fourteenth international goal, tying with center back Hali Long as the all-time leading Filipina scorer.
Young midfielder Anicka Castañeda capped off the night as she continued on her scoring spree from the Oceania friendlies with another tap-in off an Annis free kick from the left wing for her seventh international goal in 2022.
This game against the unranked team is a warm-up for the Filipinas as they are set to face defending champion and fellow World Cup-bound Vietnam on Wednesday.
On the distaff side, the Philippine Men’s National under-23 team held defending champions Vietnam to a goalless draw Sunday to remain on top of Group A with a one-win, one-draw card.
They have conquered Timor-Leste, 4-0, in their opening game last May 6.
Malaysia is currently leading the medal table with four gold medals, one silver, and one bronze three days before the opening ceremony on May 12, with the football, handball, diving, kickboxing, and pencak silat tournaments under way.
Photo courtesy of the Philippine Women’s National Football Team (PWNT)