Dec. 11, 2012
BOSTON - Sophomore Katherine Lim of the Boston University women's soccer team has been playing with the Women's Philippine National Team as part of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).
Lim and the Malditas captured the Philippines' first ever international tournament championship on Nov. 28, when they defeated the California Cosmos to become champions of the inaugural LA Viking Cup. With the game tied at 1-1 after regulation, the contest went straight to a penalty kick shootout in which the Malditas won 5-4, including a shot off the foot of Lim.
"This experience was one of a kind and I am so humbled and grateful to have been a part of it," said Lim. "It was such an amazing feeling not just playing for myself, my club, or my school, but also for a country where women's soccer is on the rise. Just the pure joy and excitement after we won the Philippine's first international tournament was something that I could not experience anywhere else."
The Piedmont, Calif., native was contacted by the PFF and invited to a week and a half long camp in Fullerton, Calif., that was used to identify Filipino-American and Filipino-Canadian players for the U14, U16, U19 and Women's Philippine National team, the Malditas, which Lim played on
Following the camp, the Malditas participated in a tournament hosted by the LA Vikings, which is a club team in California. The format was round-robin and the Malditas beat the Metro Stars, 1-0, tied the California Cosmos, 3-3, and then defeated Leon, 8-1, to advance to the championship game against the Cosmos.
The camp and tournament were steps towards finding the members of the Philippine Women's national team that will compete in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Championships in April. The Malditas will use this tournament as an opportunity to qualify for the 2015 Women's World Cup. The first round of the AFC Championships will be played in April with the second round taking place in June and the championship round being held in 2014.