After Hidilyn, Pilipinas WNT carries forward the flame for Filipinas everywhere

Feb 1, 2022
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HIDILYN Diaz lit the flame in 2021. To jumpstart 2022, the Philippine Women's National Football Team picked up the torch and carried it forward.

And the fire they bring forward is none other than the conviction that Filipinas can conquer any battle.

The historic squad — still popularly known as the Malditas — pulled off a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Chinese Taipei on Monday to officially book their ticket to the 2023 FIFA World Cup, which is co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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    Forward Sarina Bolden and goalie Olivia McDaniel contributed heavily at the late minutes of the shootout to make this happen, with Bolden sealing the W at 4-3, after two crucial saves and a goal by McDaniel.

    Regular time had ended at a 1-1 impasse after the foes shot a late goal in the 83rd minute to deuce the Quinley Quezada rally early in the 49th.

    This World Cup ticket is the country's first.

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    Goalkeepers: Olivia McDaniel, Kiara Fontanilla, and Inna Palacios.

    Defenders: Morgan Brown, Ryley Buga, Isabella Flanigan, Katrina Guillou, Sofia Harrison, Hali Long, Dominique Randle and Tara Shelton.

    Midfielders: Keanne Alamo, Tahnai Annis, Anicka Castaneda, Sara Castaneda, Malea Cesar, Jessica Miclat, and Camille Rodriguez

    Forwards: Sarina Bolden, Quinley Quezada, Carleigh Frilles, Eva Madarang and Chandler McDaniel.

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