Hyundai Steel defeated Suwon FC Wimin 6-2 in the second leg of the Hyundai Steel 2023 WK League Championship Final at the Incheon Namdong Asiad Stadium on Friday. Hyundai stood on top once again with a combined score of 7-5 in the first and second games. It was their 11th consecutive victory.
Son Hwa-yeon opened the scoring in the 24th minute with her team’s second goal of the game and completed her hat trick with back-to-back headers in the 38th and 39th minutes. The back-to-back goals helped Hyundai overcome a two-goal deficit in the first leg. After the game, Son Hwa-yeon said, “We prepared by falling behind in the first leg. It was tough in the championship game as well. We are Hyundai Steel, we have been to more championships, and we were confident. We forgot about the first game and prepared for it, and I’m glad we got a good result.”레모나토토 도메인
Son Hwa-yeon was not included in the roster for the first leg due to an injury she picked up with the national team. Hyundai coach Kim Eun-sook said, “She said she was fine in the first game, but it’s not easy to play a player who isn’t 100 percent, and I think that was an inspiration. I was worried about starting Hwa Yeon-i. It was a game where she showed her presence.”
Son Hwa-yeon said, “As a player, of course I want to play. I know my body well. I thought it would be hard to play in the first game. But since it was the last game, I wanted to play even with the taping on. I think I was able to show myself in the second game. I tried to recover and be more prepared. They believed in me and I wanted to help (the team) if I played, so I was motivated.”
Son Hwa-yeon said she remained nervous despite the 4-0 first half score. “In the first game, we came back from behind. “Before the game, (Ji) So-yeon asked me if I was going to play. When I said yes, she said, ‘Aren’t you being selfish? I didn’t say anything because it was before the game, but I said I would show her on the field, and I’m glad I did,” she smiled.