AUCKLAND — Are the debuting Filipinas due for a historic goal and victory in this FIFA Women’s World Cup?

Striker Sarina Bolden firmly believes so.

She draws confidence from the Filipinas’ generally impressive showing in a 0-2 losing game to Switzerland, where Katrina Guillou had a close-but-not-quite strike 15 minutes in. Ms. Guillou was ruled offside when she made her way to the Swiss net.

“It was pure jubilation (when Ms. Guillou’s shot went in) but short-lived. We all saw it, wishing it was on (side). But just getting a taste of what it might feel like when we do score our first goal, I think next time, we’ll be even more hungry to get it. So hoping to get that,” said Ms. Bolden.

For the Fil-Am who plays for A-League Women club Western Sydney Wanderers, that breakthrough is possible in tomorrow’s game against host New Zealand; if not, in the duel with Norway on July 30.

“It (scoring celebration) was short-lived but I really think we can do it, we can get our first goal in our debutant appearance. I think we can get our first win as well here,” she said.

“It just going to take a lot of hard work, grit, determination, trust, just a lot of different things it will require from us but we’ve been working on this for well over a year and half now. I know we can get the result.” — Olmin Leyba