PH women’s football team crushes Tonga 16-0 in friendly

FILE PHOTO – The Philippines women’s football team during the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. AFC

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines women’s soccer team recorded their biggest winning margin in program history after triggering a 16-0 annihilation of Tonga in an international friendly on Friday at Western Sydney Wanderers FC Football Park in Australia.

Carleigh Frilles scored five goals to lead five other different goalscorers while Camille Rodriguez and Hali Long both had hat tricks.

Anicka Castaneda delivered a double. Sofia Harrison also scored, drawing first blood in the 10th minute, as well as Tahnai Annis, who capped off their blowout 16-goal win in the 89th.

Tonga conceded an own goal 70 minutes into action which easily extended the Philippines’ lead to 14-0.

Long and Frilles scored twice apiece in the first half, joining Rodriguez and Castaneda for a formidable 8-0 lead before the break.

Castaneda completed his second-half brace in the 53rd minute as their lead grew to 11-0 before Frilles scored his fifth goal in the 58th before Rodriguez recorded his hat-trick four minutes later to create a gap of 13-0.

The Philippines, who are destined for their first-ever FIFA World Cup appearance in 2023, are training for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in May in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The team played two friendlies against Fiji, winning both matches in dominant fashion before this rout.

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