Sara Eggesvik scored two quickfire goals, powering the Philippine Women’s National Football Team to the quarterfinals of the 19th Asian Games with a 3-0 victory over Myanmar on Thursday at the Wenzhou Sports Center Stadium.
The 26-year-old midfielder doubled the Filipinas’ cushion in the 60th minute after she finished a fine passage of play that involved her, Sarina Bolden and Jessika Cowart.
Eggesvik then sealed the victory for the Filipinas a minute later with a cool finish in the Myanmar box.
Before Eggesvik’s heroics, Bolden gave the Filipinas a dream start 19 minutes into the match with a penalty. She now has three goals in three appearances in the tournament and extended her international tally to 25 goals in 42 caps for the Philippines.
“Absolutely amazing,” said coach Mark Torcaso. “The girls executed a very good plan today. We set ourselves to score in this game and we scored very well and we were excellent. I’m grateful to be part of this opportunity and now we progress to the next stage, which is excellent.”
This outcome marked the first time the country would compete in the quarterfinals of the Asiad since 1958, when the Azkals advanced out of a three-team group by beating host nation Japan.
The Filipinas made it into the last eight of this edition thanks to finishing as one of the three best second-placers in the group stage. The Philippines got 6 points behind two wins, one defeat, and a minus-1 goal difference.