Filipinas lose to New Zealand in friendly | Inquirer Sports

Filipinas lose to New Zealand in friendly

/ 11:38 AM September 07, 2022
Philippine women's football team vs New Zealand in a football friendly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Jay Layno

Philippine women’s football team vs New Zealand in a football friendly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Jay Layno

MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine women’s football team conceded twice in the second half and lost 2-1 to highly-ranked New Zealand in a friendly match held Wednesday (Manila time) at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, California.

Meikayla Moore scored off a penalty in the 66th minute before Ali Riley produced the winner in the 82nd as the Filipinas couldn’t sustain a halftime lead courtesy of Sarina Bolden.

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Coach Alen Stajcic’s side could have salvaged a draw in minutes into stoppage time but Jessika Cowart’s attempt from a set piece hit the goal post.

The match against the 22nd-ranked Football Ferns, co-host of the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup with Australia, served as part of the Filipinas’ ongoing camp in the United States.

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It was also the Philippines’ first match since defeating Thailand for the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship in mid-July at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Bolden produced her 17th international goal shortly before the halftime whistle with a volley that came off a long ball by Sara Eggesvik at midfield.

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