Chinese Taipei overcame a resilient Guam surge to record their second win of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2017 Round 2 in Hong Kong with an 8-1 final score.
After opening the tournament with a 5-0 win over the hosts, Chinese Taipei must have felt confident in their chances when Lai Li-Chin stuffed in a rebound off of Lee Hsiu-Chin’s parried shot to take the lead after just two minutes.
But 10 minutes later it was Guam who responded in kind when striker Paige Surber breaking past the defenders before taking a perfectly-targeted shot from outside the penalty area, sending her teammates into a frenzy as the team recorded their first goal of the tournament.
Surber threatened to score her second goal of the day several times in the next few minutes, forcing Chinese Taipei goalkeeper Pang Ting-Yi to make two saves.
It was not until the 29th minute that Chinese Taipei retook the lead, with Lee volleying in Pao Hsin-Hsuan’s cross from the left side.
Less than 10 minutes later it was Pao scoring for herself, taking Su Sin-Yun’s pass and sending the ball low into the left side of the net.
Two minutes later Pao sent in a cross for Lin Ya-Han, who was unmarked to head the ball in; Lai Li-Chin wrapped up scoring in the first half with a second effort off Yu Hsiu-Chin’s header.
After Yu’s 47th-minute shot was tipped into the goal by Guam goalkeeper Sophia Garrido, the second half saw little decisive action from either side until Lin completed her hat trick with two more goals, both from mere metres in front of the goal, in the 82nd and 85th minutes.
With two wins from two matches, Chinese Taipei will need a shock upset from tournament favorites Korea Republic on Monday if they hope to advance to next year’s final stage in Japan.