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Late goal pushes La Salle past UP in women's football

By Josiah Albelda Posted Nov 24th 2013

Last season's UAAP women's football runner-up De La Salle University got a late goal to escape with a win over University of the Philippines.

Just when it seemed the day would be done with back-to-back draws, Ange Metillo stepped up to the plate and slammed the door shut on University of the Philippines.

The De La Salle University standout drilled a goal off a free kick in the 91st minute to power the Lady Booters to a 2-1 win over the Lady Maroons in the 76th UAAP women's football tournament Sunday at the FEU Diliman turf.

In the first game, University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo de Manila University battled to a scoreless draw, setting the stage for the gripping La Salle-UP matchup.

Rookie Kyra Dimaandal opened scoring for the Lady Booters, striking hard in the eighth minute as Lady Maroons keeper Jermaine Choa Peck miscalculated La Salle's attack.

But UP proved to be relentless on offense since then, creating numerous chances behind Filipino-American Kali Navea-Huff, who finally converted the equalizer after a mad scramble in the goal mouth in the 46th minute.

Both teams amped up their respective attacks in the second half, but Choa Peck and La Salle second-choice keeper Erika Turtur proved to be up to the task by parrying attempt after attempt.

With the win, the Lady Booters notched solo first place with three points while sending their victims to solo last with a solitary point.