THE Solido FC girl booters of Davao City lived up to their billing by copping the U17 title of the 2nd Balangay Football Festival at the Butuan City Sports Complex in Barangay Libertad over the weekend.
The Julio Orcasitas-coached Solido shutout the Malaybalay FC, 2-0, in the finals behind the goals of Janna Barcemo and Nina Arrieta in third and 17th minutes, respectively.
Solido also blanked the Manolo Fortich FC, 2-0, in the semis.
The champion squad came home with P5,000 and a trophy while Malaybalay FC settled with P3,500.
Barcemo was hailed most valuable player while Arrieta received the best defender award. Teammate Mary Joy Chavez was named best goalkeeper as Nina Yanto took the best striker title.
Completing the cast were Anika Ong, Sanaa Jikiri, Mary Joy Indac and Inah Rosales.
The Buboy Arrieta-managed Solido, however, bowed to Cagayan de Oro City's (CDO) JRFC via penalty shootout, 7-8, in women's open titular showdown.
Arrieta, in text messages to Sun.Star Davao, said her daughter Nina scored a goal at 16' to force a 1-1 deadlock en-route to the penalty shootout.
"Malas talaga. Naka-score pa ang CDO sa corner ng goalkeeper namin (It was unfortunate. CDO scored at our goalkeeper's corner)," Arrieta said.
JRFC took home the top purse and a trophy while Solido salvaged P3,500 and a trophy.
Joy Rivera of Solido was best defender.
The bootfest, hosted by the Butuan-Agusan Norte Football Association (Banfa) under president and Butuan City Vice Mayor Law Fortun, was part of the silver anniversary celebration of the Balangay Festival. (Ruji Peter S. Abat)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 29, 2012.