Bolden Scores The Philippines' First Goal At The FIFA World Cup
Bolden scores the Philippines' first goalat the FIFAWorld Cup to shock New Zealand. On Tuesday, July 25, Sarina Bolden created history for the Philippines when the striker headed the winner, propelling the Filipinas to their first-ever victory in the FIFA World Cup and spoiling the party for the host nation of New Zealand with a surprising 1-0 victory in their Group A matchup.
The match took place in New Zealand. The Filipinas, who is the first Philippine footballteam, male or female, to compete in the World Cup, also made history by becoming the first team to score a goal in the tournament's first year becoming the first debutant to do so.
I think they showed true heart, bringing out their puso, which means heart in Tagalog.- Alen Stajcic, Philippine coach
The Philippines kicked off their World Cup campaign with a defeat to Switzerland by a score of 2-0, and it appeared like the FootballFerns would have little trouble dispatching their opponents.
The FootballFerns were coming off their first-ever World Cup victory over a previous champion nation, and they were eager to advance to the round of 16. Instead, the Philippines were able to capture their very first World Cup victory, keeping their prospects of advancing in their very first World Cup competition alive.
Although it did not lack in effort, New Zealand appeared to have lost the magic touch it had displayed in its historic first game and wasted a number of opportunities to score goals.
Striker Bolden made them pay for their carelessness in the 24th minute when she rose up well to shoot a header right at New Zealand's goalkeeper Victoria Esson, who mishandled it into the net to give the Philippines their first-ever goal in the World Cup. This was the first time the Philippines had ever scored in the World Cup.
After two matches, the Filipinas, who are now placed 46th, have now accumulated three points and have a goal differential of one. 26th in the world Meanwhile, New Zealand maintained its three-point standing and will finish off the group stage by competing against Switzerland.
At Wellington Regional Stadium, where there were 32,357 spectators, the audience roared at the Ferns as they dominated possession of the ball and rushed forward in search of an equalizer.
Katie Bowen, a defender for Australia, took a shot in the 38th minute that went wide to the left, while Ria Percival, a co-captain for Australia, took a shot in the first-half stoppage time that rolled straight to the Philippines goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel.
Hannah Wilkinson, who was the hero of New Zealand's opening triumph on Thursday, blasted her header well over the bar in the 58th minute when defender CJ Bott floated a cross into the box from the sideline.
After ten minutes, forward Jacqui Hand headed the ball into the net after Wilkinson did well to draw the ball back from the byline and crossed it for her, but the referee called it back because she was offside.
Wilkinson had done well. During the frantic last minutes of the match, Philippine attacker Carleigh Frilles also scored despite being in an offside position, while New Zealand's Grace Jale had an excellent stop made by McDaniel when she was shooting from close range.
On Sunday, the Philippines will wrap up their competition in Group A against the 1995 champion Norway, while New Zealand will take on Switzerland.