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La Salle dusts off State U to remain unbeaten

La Salle' Sara Castañeda scored in each half for a brace as they head to UAAP LXXIX unbeaten in the W-League.
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA -- La Salle kept its clean slate in the PFF Women's League, downing reigning UAAP queens UP 2-0 in a top of the table clash earlier in the afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Sophomore midfielder Sara Castañeda notched a brace as the Lady Archers get their sixth straight win before setting their sights on the upcoming UAAP season which will kick off in a fortnight by downing the reigning queens in a rematch of last season's final and remain on top with 18 maximum points.

Castañeda scored her first in the 15th minute with low free kick that went past Nicole Adlawan, with Irish Navaja almost making it two in the stroke of half-time.
INSURANCE. Last season's best freshman tucked in La Salle's second.
The reigning UAAP's best midfielder calmly settled matters just five minutes after the restart after a Navaja cross to the box and Castañeda made no mistake from the close range.

Despite the win, DLSU gaffer Hans-Peter Smit laments that they are still not ready for the bigger UAAP wars. "Attitude pa rin, you can see naman. But the thing is, not that. During the game, all the drills and the practice sessions and all that it comes into play, it did not come, except for the second," the ever fiery Smit said calmly after the match.

For Castañeda, the painful loss to State U last season's final was still fresh in their mind. "I guess winning, I mean not losing all of the games in the league was a good start before UAAP. But we just can't relax at this point," she said, adding that their teammates reminded themselves that the last season's setback should not happen again.

Anto Gonzales' Lady Maroons have no match for the firepower of Hans Smit's wards that caused them to drop to third in the table with 12 points after six matches, a point behind OutKast who bludgeoned Kaya yesterday.

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