Story and photos by Lee Jian Wei/Red Sports.

Hanna Westerling (NUS #17) shoots against SIM. Hanna scored two goals to beat SIM 2–1. (Photo 1 © Lee Jian Wei/Red Sports)

National University of Singapore, Thursday, September 7, 2017 — Hanna Westerling scored a sensational second-half free kick to propel the National University of Singapore (NUS) to a 2-1 win over Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) in this year’s Singapore University Games Women’s Football Championship.

SIM had equalised at the start of the second half through Jasmine Pay (SIM #10) after Hanna (NUS #17) also scored the opening goal of the match directly from the corner in the first half. A lack of communication between SIM players allowed Hanna’s ball to bounce into the net.

“I got this feeling that it’s coming,” said Hanna (NUS #17). “I was looking for a gap in between the post and focused on kicking the ball in. It was a nice feeling after I scored the goal.”

Hanna’s freekick goal from just outside the penalty box deflated SIM, just as both teams were looking for the elusive second goal.

SIM captain Deanna Lim was keen to focus on the positives from the match despite the narrow loss.

“I’m very proud of my team that we didn’t give up,” Deanna said. “Even though we conceded another goal later in the second half, we didn’t give up and continued to give our all. I felt that we have put up a good fight against NUS, it wasn’t an easy win for them as well.”

NUS will go against Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) while SIM will face Singapore Management University (SMU) in their next matches. Both games will be played on Monday, September 11, 2017, at NUS and NTU respectively.

Score by half
1st Half: 1–0
2nd Half: 1–1 (2–1)

Hanna Westerling (NUS #17) — 2 goals

Jasmine Pay (SIM #10) — 1 goal

NUS Roster
Lee Xue Ting (#1), Penelope Lam Pui See (#2), Sim Si Hui (#3), Saranya Thiru (#4), Izni Khalisah Abdull (#5), Louisa Lim Si Xian (#6), Faith Oh Ke Jing (#7), Victoria Tan Tien Tien (#8), Annie Lem An Ni (#9), Guo Yanru (#10), Abigial Sim E Xuan (#11), Joyce Foo Wei Wen (#12), Tay Pui Chin (#13), Wang Lin (#14), Chiok Hui Shan (#15), Aleefa (#16), Hanna Westerling (#17), Goh Ming Wei (#18), Tay Weijia Amanda Denise (#19), Chan Wan Wen Rochelle (#21), Nur Farah Sng (#22), Woon Ling Melissa (#23)

SIM Roster
Siti Radiah (#1), Jasmine Lim En Pei (#2), Myra Sasha Mohd Puad (#3), Leong Sue Hui Raelene (#4), Ang Hwee Ying (#5), Nadzirah (#6), Liu Luyao (#7), Valerie Ng (#8), Claire Lim Wei Ling (#9), Jasmine Pay Hee Ping (#10), Lian Lee Shan (#11), Nadya (#12), Mustika Natasha (#13), Sonia Mo (#14), Elvina Chun Jing Wah (#15), Nurul Fatin (#16), Deanna Lim Hui En (#17), Peh Yun Ping (#18), Noor Imaniah (#19), Angeline Chua Kai Yi (#20), Sri Arnina Mohd Sudi (#21), M Monessha Nair (#22)

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