Story and photos by Lee Jian Wei/Red Sports
National University of Singapore, Monday, September 4, 2017 — Two first-half goals from captain Lee Lai Kuan helped Singapore Management University (SMU) defeat Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) 2-0 in their opening match of the Singapore University Games (SUniG) women’s football championship.
Lai Kuan (SMU #6) curled the ball into goal direct from a corner kick in the early minutes of the match for her first goal and repeated the same feat barely two minutes later to give SMU a lead that left SIT reeling. Lai Kuan could have scored a hat trick but she smacked a free kick in the closing minutes of the game against the horizontal bar.
“I think that the team put in a lot of effort, as seen from the way they fought, winning every ball and displaying the hunger to win the game. They have all worked very hard; it’s a team effort,” Lai Kuan (SMU #6) said.
Despite conceding two goals early on, SIT continued to attack. They were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box in the 32nd minute but failed to convert.
And SMU very nearly extended their lead. Valerie Sung (SMU #13) went past three SIT defenders but was unfortunately stopped by goalkeeper Felicia Lim’s (SIT #18).
When asked about the team’s plans for their upcoming match against NTU, Lai Kuan said, “We will go into the game with a lot of hunger. No matter the results, our objective is to give our all and play together as a team.”
SMU will face NTU on Thursday, 7 September, 7.30pm at NTU, while SIT will play against NUS on Monday, 11 September, 7.30pm at NUS.
Score by half
SIT vs SMU
1st Half: 2–0
2nd Half: 0–0 (2–0)
Lee Lai Kuan (SMU #6) — 2 goals
Siti Saiyidah (#1), Izzah Haidah (#3), Ummaheshweri (#4), Neo Ting En (#5), Farah Nadhirah (#6), Previtha Jay (#7), Nor’atiqah Putra (#8), Rabiatul Adawiyah (#9), Krithi Pushpanathan (#10), Masyita (#12), Cheng Jie Shuang Joanne (#13), Tan Hong Ting (#14), Vaigash (#16), Nur Farisah (#17), Felicia Lim Ai Lin (#18), Norlyn Choo (#19), Shuheerah (#20), Boey Seok Mien, Cheryl (#23)
Nina Jennifer Schnyder (#1), Chong Wei Ying (#2), Crystal Chia Ying (#3), Tifanis En Yan Yu (#4), Lim Pei Ling (#5), Lee Lai Kuan (#6), Tang Kai Qing (#7), Anne-Marie Krygsman (#9), Victoria Lim Qian Wei (#10), Rachel Kwok Kai-Lyn (#11), Samantha Tan Hui Min (#12), Valerie Sung Ting Ting (#13), P Keerthana (#14), Nicole Tng Yu Wen (#15), Nur Syakirah (#16), Marrisa Yeo Le Ping (#17), Shalinya Jeyabalan (#18), Jean Gan Sze Ying (#19), Esther Thang Hui Ling (#20), Tang Kiah Ngee, Caeley (#21), Simran Rajiv Karamchandani (#22)
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