The Philippine women’s national football team made history on Tuesday after winning its first-ever World Cup football victory after co-host New Zealand, 1-0, on Tuesday in Wellington, New Zealand.
Striker Sarina Bolden converted a header off a cross from Sarah Eggesvik in the free kick play at the 24th minute to put the Philippines up, 1-0.
Katrina Guillou had the chance to make it a 2-0 lead, but she went wide on her attempt.
Despite having most of the possessions, New Zealand wasn’t able to score a single goal, with Philippine goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel displaying relentless defense, including her crucial last save in the first half as the Allen Stajcic-coached team brought a 1-nil lead to the break.
“The win means everything. I could care less about this (Player of the Match) more than being able to win for my country, for my team, and for my family and everybody,” said Filipinas goalie Olivia McDaniel.
“Being able to win tonight just means everything, everything to the Philippines and to us,” added McDaniel, who proved to be rock solid all throughout the match.
In addition, McDaniel has a sister Chandler who plays forward, and a brother Griffin who also plays in the team.
The Filipinas had to fend off a determined New Zealand, especially in the second half, as the Kiwis relentlessly attacked to give themselves a good shot to level the match.
The hosts had several chances to equalize, but a Jacqui Hand strike went straight to the post before she headed what looked like the equalizer in the 68th minute. Unluckily for the Ferns, her goal was later ruled offside following a review.
The Philippines will wrap up its group phase action and face Norway on July 30, Sunday, at 3 p.m. in a bid to advance to the round of 16.
Only the top two teams from each group will earn a ticket to the next round. – WhatALife!/Val