THE Davao Football Association (DFA) U13 girls team sustained its fiery run in the Philippine U13 Girls Selection Tournament, beating Dumaguete City, 5-3, at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City in a rainy Saturday afternoon.
The driving rain proved to be a non-factor for the scorching Davao girls they picked up their third consecutive victory in the tournament.
Moira Calizo scored a hatrick and Zuleika Yee added two goals of her own for Davao, which earlier defeated Rizal Football Association of Manila and host Bacolod.
The Davao offense went full throttle in the first half alone as Yee and Calizo scored twice for a 4-2 lead going into the second half. Yee booted in her goals five minutes into the match.
Calizo made it 3-0 after finding the back of the net in the 11th off a pass from Patricia Francisco.
Dumaguete City fought back and managed to trim the lead at 2-3 with back-to-back goals in the 20th and 35h minutes.
Calizo scored again in 39th off a follow up on Elizabeth Pero's attempt inside the penalty box to extend the lead at 5-2.
DFA head coach Reynalyn Ravanes, in text messages to Sun.Star, said credited the girls for their teamwork and heart in winning three straight.
"I also commend my players for playing well. They have shown their determination and will to win that is why we have been very successful," Ravanes said. "I hope they will continue this kind of play throughout the end of the tournament so that we will win the title."
The Davao girls were playing San Carlos University for the title as of this posting Sunday.
The tournament serves as the basis for the selection to the national team that will compete in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U13 Girls Festival of Football slated in June in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 23, 2012.