MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine women’s soccer team came close to a win over Chile, drawing 1-1 in a friendly match Sunday (Manila time) in Vina del Mar.
Hali Long’s halftime goal seemed like enough for the Filipinos to win, until Sonya Keefe tied things up in 84th place in front of a large crowd at Estadio Saulito.
This was the first of two friendly matches as coach Alen Stajcic continues to prepare for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Both teams will meet again on Wednesday (Manila time) in the Chilean capital, Santiago.
Internship tampered with the starting line-up, putting Katrina Guillou, Quinley Quezada and Carleigh Frilles ahead, and Anicka Castaneda, Kaya Hawkinson, Eggesvik and Eva Madarang in the midfield.
Malea Cesar and Tara Shelton joined Long and Jessika Cowart’s mainstays in the back, while Olivia McDaniel had another starting role as goalie.
Sarina Bolden and Tahnai Annis started the game by entering the bench in the second half.
Long’s 16th goal for the Philippines came when Sara Eggesvik beat Chilean goalkeeper Tiane Endler with a free kick from the left in the 28th minute.
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