By Jerome Galunan Jr.
The Negros Occidental Minulu-an FC Lady Booters placed 1st runner-up in the recently-concluded 19th Alaska Football Cup played at the Alabang Country Club.
The Negrenses, who were among the 21 teams from all over the country participating in the Under 18 Ladies category, bowed to Ateneo de Davao FC, 2-nil, in the finals.
It was also the same side which the Negrense Lady Booters lost to during the elimination, 3-2.
En route the finals, the Minulu-an FC bounced back from a loss to Ateneo de Davao with a hard earned victory over De La Salle Zobel, 3-nil, followed by a devastating 19-0 win over Friendship Paiyabe and a 4-1 triumph against Hed Center.
In the quarter finals, the Negrense side ruled over Sakya Davao FC, 4-1, while survived Ateneo de Cebu FC in the semifinals, 3-2.
The Minulu-an FC was bracketed in Group A with Ateneo de Davao FC, De La Salle Zobel, Hed Center Manila FC, and Friendship Paiyabe Manila FC.
The Negrense side was composed of skipper Noelle Mikaela de Asis, Charisa Marie Lemoran, Janna Ysabelle Lagman, Monica Therese Lizares, Anna Mikaila Escario, Christine Michelle Miranda, Francisca Anne Marie Surete, Bea Marie Gavile, Mauriccia Limco, Mariessa Lusabia, Mickaella Marie Descalzo and keeper Natasha Katerina Lacson.
The team was managed by club president Rafael Lizares Jr, and members of the coaching staff included Carlo Lucero, Carlo Torbela and Warren Concepcion./