The Philippines fell short against Thailand, 2-1, to settle for silver in the Asian Football Confederation U-14 Girls’ Regional Championship on Sunday at Thong Nat Stadium in Vietnam.
The Filipinas surrendered two goals in the first half before trying to rally in the second half.
Ratchaphan and Dassama of Thailand nailed goals at the 11th and 20th minutes to give their team a 2-nil halftime lead.
The Philippines narrowed its deficit to 2-1 when Aranxa Trebol scored at the 51st minute. However,the squad failed to find an equalizing goal for the rest of the match as Thailand came away with the championship.
The silver medal finish capped an impressive performance for the Filipinas, who swept their group matches against Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia, and beat Myanmar in the semifinals to advance to the tournament final.
The Philippines also took the Fair Play Award of the tournament, which recognizes the team with “greatest respect for the game,” while Philippines’ midfielder Joyce Demacio was proclaimed most valuable player of the tournament after scoring clutch goals and crucial saves in every game.
The 18 girls on the Philippine national team were chosen based on nationwide tryouts.
They are Stacey Ann Arthur (Metro Manila), Jennifer Baroin (Makati City), Princess Beth Caparida (San Carlos City), Jan Reese Jumawan (Cebu City), Tenelyn Otom (San Carlos City), Lindsay Whaley (Subic Bay), Itsuko Bacatan (Cebu City), Patricia Erika Francisco (Davao City), Chloe Anne Hails (Metro Manila), Francesca Anne Marie Suerte (Iloilo City), Annika Velez (Manila), Glynnes Dela Cruz (Metro Manila), Joyce Semacio (Davao City), Arantxa Mari Trebol (Cebu), Yasmin May Elauria (Olongapo City), Alexandrea Gumilao (Cebu), Tejanee Marie Isulat (San Carlos City) Mikayla Grace Simons (Hong Kong).
The coaching staff includes Assistant Coach Joyce Landagan, Goalkeeper Coach Melissa Chris Marquez, and physiotherapist Katherine Anne Soriano.