Davao U12 girls place 5th in Singapore

The Davao City-Philippines Under-12 girls squad finished a respectable fifth out of 12 entries in the tough 2017 JSSL Singapore International 7-a-side football tournament from April 29-May 1 at the United World College in Singapore.

The Davao girls, composed mostly of standouts from Ateneo de Davao University, lost to JSSL Elite 1 in the quarterfinals 0-1 and failed in its bid to reach the semis.

However, coach Reynalyn Ranada Ravanes considered it “a strong finish” given the tough field.

“We played a good game but we lost by sheer accident, lost marking…it was a bounce back from the goal keeper and the defender lost marking with one of their striker..they are just lucky because our team rested for only five minutes from our previous game,” said Ravanes.

The Davao booters played for 26 minutes without any break against Girls Soccer academy of Singapore, winning by a 4-nil decision.

By contrast, the JSSL side had the luxury of waiting for their next opponent after finishing second in their group.

Jelena Pido knocked in a brace while Jasmin Agustin and Samantha Salise added a goal each for the Davao girls.

The other participating teams are Anza, Chadwick International, Girls soccer Academy, JSSL Elite 1, Jakarta Indonesia Academy, Poveda Philippines, JSSL Stoney, JSSL Elite 2, Tai Tam Tigers, LFA, and Subang Jaya Community.