By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara native Sarina Bolden scored the first-ever goal for the Philippines in the Women’s World Cup, helping the team to a 1-0 victory over New Zealand on July 25.
Bolden, who was born and raised in Santa Clara, rose above two defenders and headed the ball into the net in the 24th minute.
The goal was a historic moment for the Philippines and for the Santa Clara community.
Bolden played for two local youth clubs in Santa Clara: MVLA Mercury Black ’96 and DeAnza Force ’95.
She helped MVLA Mercury Black ’96 reach the 2014 ECNL National Playoffs and helped DeAnza Force ’95 win the 2013 and 2015 ECNL North West Conference championships.
Bolden also attended Milpitas High School, where she played for the women’s soccer and softball teams. She led the Milpitas High School Trojans to the 2015 SCVAL El Camino Division title.
Bolden went on to play college soccer at Loyola Marymount University, where she was a two-time All-West Coast Conference selection.
After college, she played professionally in Sweden, Taiwan, the United States, Japan, and Australia.
Bolden’s goal in the Women’s World Cup was the first by a Filipino player in the tournament, and it helped the Philippines to a historic victory over New Zealand.
She currently has 2 goals and 1 assist.
Kudos to Bolden, a Mission City native.