Luisa Morales – Philstar.com
February 2, 2022 | 10: 09am
MANILA, Philippines — It’s now not a fashioned behold to admire a goalkeeper make a choice a penalty kick in a recreation that has gone to penalty shootouts.
But Olivia McDaniel did nice that for the Philippines in their quarterfinal match towards Chinese Taipei at the 2022 AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup closing Sunday.
With a slot to the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup on the line, the 24-365 days-broken-down traded her dispute in between the aim posts to sq. up and make a choice a shot towards her Chinese Taipei counterpart to force surprising dying.
And as if she’s been doing it all her life, McDaniel slotted within the ball icy and serene.
All this before making a build towards Chinese Taipei’s Zhou to verify Sarina Bolden for the World Cup-clinching shot.
It used to be head coach Alen Stajcic that build McDaniel, in precisely her fourth cap for the Philippines, within the an principal dispute.
“Correct by technique of camp, we by no methodology in actuality talked about PKs but I would love fool round a chunk of bit and make a choice a pair with the girls. Perhaps [coach Stajcic] noticed what I was doing,” McDaniel advised media on Monday.
“At apply before the game [against Chinese Taipei], we admire been going by technique of our PK shootout nice in case something else took procedure, thank goodness. And after the first five, he pulled me out and he said ‘Near right here’. And I said ‘K’ and he said, ‘I favor you to make a choice out one and I said alright’,” she added.
But McDaniel only chanced on out nice how an principal her PK would be minutes before they went on to penalty shootout.
“I was walking over to the team when we admire been about to achieve penalties and I was nice attempting to safe into my own head and sa you appreciate, k, it’s time to head now, or no longer it is mandatory to declare up on your team. [Stajcic] got right here over to me and he said ‘Are you exact to make a choice out a PK?’ and I said ‘Yeah’,” McDaniel said.
“He said ‘K, you’re five and I said ‘Alright’. It nice extra or less took procedure. I was nice love alright, whatever,” she added.
No topic her non-chalant methodology to the accountability, McDaniel got right here up mammoth for the Philippines.
After some an principal PK misses from Jessica Miclat and Hali Lengthy, McDaniel used to be ready to force three straight misses from Chinese Taipei — one who hit the aim publish and two that admire been saved by her marvelous fingers.
McDaniel lifted the heavy load in helping the Philippines clinch a ancient slot to the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup and rightfully took Girl of the Match honors.
McDaniel and the Philippine females’s nationwide soccer team return to motion on Thursday in a semi-final match towards South Korea.
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