The fight is way bigger than personal aspirations for the Filipinas ace.
The Filipinas are trending worldwide. Let that sink in for a bit.
Yep, football fans around the world and international media outlets have taken notice of the FIFA Women’s World Cup first-timers who stunned host country New Zealand on Tuesday at the Wellington Regional Stadium. The Philippines’ groundbreaking performance was, of course, a product of team effort. But undeniably, the game’s biggest moment came from Sarina Bolden and her picture-perfect header that resulted in a 1-0 victory for the history-making crew.
Once again, Bolden came through and netted another monumental goal for her country. She could’ve hogged the limelight, and no one would've been mad. Sarina’s heroics would’ve given her a pass. Instead, she displayed humility and dedicated the historic triumph to those who paved the way for the Filipinas.
“This is for you guys. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all the Filipinas that started this team before I even came on. You guys are the reason this win could even happen,” Futbol Brew quoted the 27-year-old forward.
Amid the ultra-intense, pressure-packed atmosphere, Bolden’s resolve to play her heart out for an entire community remained unshaken.
“For me to even get that goal, for Liv to make that save, for us to be even at this point. It’s all because of you guys and I hope we made you guys proud tonight,” she added.
Bolden is now tied with teammate Quinley Quezada for having the most goals in Philippine women’s football history with 22. On July 30, the Filipinas’ growing following within and beyond the Philippines will be rooting for Bolden to score another one or two in the high-stakes match versus world number 12 Norway.