La Salle escape past gritty Tuloy to open W-League

Alisha Del Campo was instrumental for La Salle to pip Tuloy Sa Don Bosco. Mia Montayre/PFF
By Kevin Estrada

CARMONA -- Reigning and unbeaten champions La Salle extend their winning run in the PFF Women's League, but not without a fight from a game Tuloy Sa Bosco side in whom they pipped for a 1-0 win to open the new season in San Lazaro today.

Alisha Del Campo's strike fifteen minutes into the match was the lone difference for the Lady Archers bucked opening day jitters to hike their undefeated run in the league to fourteen matches, dating back from the inaugural staging last year where they won without dropping points at all.

The league debutantes kept the match tight for the whole 90 minutes, but the back-to-back UAAP champions kept their poise despite injuries to key veterans left Hans-Peter Smit with no choice but to put Sara Castaneda at centre-half.

Smit lauded their opponents despite the relative age gap, and at the same time, rue his side's hesitation in season openers.

"Number one, Tuloy even if they're young kids, I've seen them play and develop through the years. They had a good program," said the legendary gaffer, where he also put the blame on their deficiency in the squad, as they also lost Annicka Castaneda for the league due to an ACL injury. "Plus, it's the sickness of my DLSU Women every first game of every tournament, they play like that."

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