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Ateneo Eliminate La Salle from Final Four Race

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League leaders Ateneo de Manila University put an end to De La Salle University’s final four aspirations after an emphatic 2-0 win in last night’s UAAP action at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Two goals in either half for the Blue Eagles were enough for Ateneo to clinch the number one seed in the semifinals with a game to spare at 32 points. Meanwhile, it was a game to forget for La Salle as the Green Archers will miss the trip to the Final Four for the first time since the inception of the format in 2013.

The win over La Salle was a much needed wake up a call for Ateneo, who missed forward Jarvey Gayoso due to suspension. The Blue Eagles suffered their only defeat of the season so far, 2-1, at the hands of the University of the East last Thursday.

“After the big loss last Thursday, my players performed,” said Ateneo coach Jaypee Merida. “Kinailangan talaga namin magbounce back. From the keeper to the striker, everyone performed.”

The two fierce rivals started the match slow with no action in the attacking third until the half hour mark. Nace Gonzales had the first chance for La Salle in the 28th minute but sent his shot over. Alfredo Mathay almost scored a minute later for Ateneo but instead forced a save from Kirby Almonte.

Seven minutes later, Ateneo finally took the lead. Julian Roxas needed to beat his marker twice before drilling a shot from outside the box and in towards the top corner to put the Blue Eagles ahead at the half.

“(I’m) super happy about it,” said goalscorer Roxas. “We played well, we gave it our all, we gave our hearts out, we gave that one big fight and we got the three points.”

La Salle tried to put themselves back in the game, but like in their previous games, their chances lacked the finishing touches needed. Unfortunately for La Salle, those chances and blown games came back to haunt them as Ateneo scored again right before full-time to confirm their elimination from Final Four contention.

Jordan Jarvis’ cross from the right flank found Ryan Haosen in the box, but he could only divert his effort to the post. However, substitute Sam Lim was there for the rebound, and converted the knockout blow to La Salle’s season.

In the first match, the University of Santo Tomas became the final team into the Final Four after a late 2-1 win over Far Eastern University. Mark Arranguez had the Tamaraws ahead before Renz Gumban equalized for the Golden Tigers. Kenneth Tuzon won it for UST late in the match to put the Tigers up to 20 points ahead of both National University and La Salle.

The late match saw University of the East finish their season on the back of a three-game winning streak after a 1-0 win over Adamson University. Krysler Opena won it at the 82nd minute for UE, who finished the season with 14 points.

The UAAP will take a lengthy break to make way for the Holy Week. The women’s tournament returns on April 19 at the FEU-Diliman field. La Salle and the University of the Philippines face off at 1:30 PM followed by FEU and UST. The men’s action will return on April 20 at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field. — CAL

UAAP Women’s Football: La Salle Ends First Round Unbeaten; Lemoran Hat-Trick Lifts UST to Second

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De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas finished as the top two teams at the end of the first round of the UAAP Women’s Football tournament last Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Kyla Inquig scored five minutes from time to give La Salle a first round sweep with 1-0 win over Far Eastern University. The forward scored in the 85th minute with a header to the far post from Irish Navaja’s free kick. La Salle finished the first round with 12 points and riding on a four game winning streak.

However, La Salle coach Hans Peter Smit was unimpressed with the rather lacklustre performance his team put on.

“They lost focus that’s why I got mad at them (after the match) because during the warm up, they were too relaxed,” said Smit. “At least as the game went on, they picked up a little. They still showed true character, but today was not the same day unlike the last three games.”

Charise Lemoran netted a hat-trick and led UST to a 3-2 win over Ateneo de Manila University in the second game. The forward had a sharp eye on goal, scoring in the second, 36th, and 54th minute to lift her side to second place with nine points.

“I made an effort to bounce back (from the UP game),” said Lemoran. “I wouldn’t have scored if not for my teammates cheering me on.”

Ateneo had plenty of chances to snatch a late equalizer after Tessa Bernardo’s 26th minute strike and Camille Rodriguez’ free kick in the 70th minute. However, it was not meant to be as UST defended well in the dying minutes to bring home the three points.

The second round of the Men’s tournament begins today at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. FEU and National University meet in the first game at 3:00 PM. League leaders Ateneo and the University of the Philippines battle in the second game at 5:00 PM. — CAL

UAAP Football: La Salle Run Riot Over Ateneo, UST Edges UP

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De La Salle University’s ladies won their third straight match in the UAAP after a convincing 3-0 win over rivals Ateneo de Manila University last night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The meeting between the two teams came at a perfect time. Both teams had yet to drop points this season going into the match. However, it was La Salle who put on an impressive performance to come away with the three points and are in solo first spot with nine points.

“The girls have shown a lot of heart,” said La Salle coach Hans Peter Smit. “They were receptive, and followed my instructions to the hilt.”

Kyra Dimaandal continued her scoring touch with the opener in the 41st minute. Nicole Andaya doubled the lead in the 55th minute.

Irish Navaja capped off the win in the 68th minute. The winger delivered a looping shot from a tight angle that crept in to the underside of the bar.

“We worked hard from defense to attack (today),” said Navaja. “But still, we can’t be complacent, we need to be consistent.”

Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas handed a fourth straight loss to the defending champions, the University of the Philippines, 1-0, in the first match. Hazel Lustan scored in the 85th minute to put UST level on points with Ateneo in second place with six points.

Sunday’s UAAP matches at Rizal Memorial Stadium pits the University of the Philippines against Adamson University at 3:00 PM, followed by the match between the University of the East and Far Eastern University at 5:00 PM. — CAL

UAAP Women’s Football: Ateneo Shocks FEU; La Salle Deals UP’s Second Loss

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The UAAP Women’s tournament provided two thrilling matches last Saturday, February 18, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Ateneo de Manila University won their second consecutive match in the UAAP Women’s Tournament after a thrilling 4-3 win over ten-man Far Eastern University.

Ateneo captain Camille Rodriguez netted a hat trick, scoring in the 27th, 76th, and 78th minutes to complete the turnaround over FEU, who led three times during the match.

“I’m very proud of my team,” said Rodriguez. “Much of our win is really because of our coaches. They really prepared for the game. They really thought (about) how we should play against FEU.”

Pamela Diaz scored the other Ateneo goal in the 19th minute. FEU had scored in the 13th minute from a Nina Catedrilla own goal, 20th minute, from a Jovelle Sudaria free kick, and in the 58th minute from a Bia Requerme effort. However, FEU had to finish the match with ten players after Kimberly Cupal was sent off for second motion in the 58th minute.

The win, according to Ateneo coach Jaypee Merida, was character defining. This was their first win over FEU after numerous attempts.

“I’m happy with the team’s performance,” said Merida. “We saw that the team can do well this season because of the dedication and mindset that the girls have shown (in the last two games).”

In the rematch of last season’s UAAP Women’s Final, De La Salle University dealt the University of the Philippines their second loss of the season after a tight 2-1 win in the evening game.

Kyra Dimaandal broke the deadlock at the stroke of half-time followed by a Kyla Inquig free kick in the 48th minute. BG Sta. Clara pulled one back for UP in the 55th minute.

La Salle coach Hans Peter Smit expressed his concern on his player’s performance after a lackluster second half in which UP almost equalized late in the match.

“They’re not playing the way they were supposed to,” said Smit. “This is our first game in almost three weeks and maybe they’re a little bit rusty.”

In the lone Men’s game, FEU defeated National University, 1-0. Audie Menzi scored the winner in the 49th minute after NU goalkeeper Hayeson Pepito failed to gather the ball properly.

Sunday’s UAAP matches will be held at the FEU-Diliman campus in Quezon City. La Salle face Adamson at 9:00 AM. Ateneo look to make it five wins in a row against the University of the East at 1:00 PM. UP and the University of Santo Tomas battle in last game at 3:00 PM. — CAL

UAAP Football: Ateneo Wins Fourth Straight as Gayoso Sinks La Salle

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League leaders Ateneo de Manila University maintained their 100-percent win record in the UAAP after a 1-0 win over De La Salle University last Thursday in front of a capacity crowd at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field.

Jarvey Gayoso scored the game’s only goal with a 36th minute strike. The winger was given enough space in the box to slot the ball past goalkeeper Kerbi Almonte.

“It’s a magical moment to win against La Salle because they’re the rival team,” said Gayoso, who has already scored five goals this season. “Being given the opportunity to contribute to the scoresheet for this game means a lot to me.”

The win was coach Jaypee Merida’s fourth straight win in the season and have widen their lead at the top with 12 points in their first four matches.

“I’m proud of my players, getting four straight wins is not easy,” said Merida, who himself played for Ateneo. “It’s hard to play against La Salle, but my players followed the game plan.”

La Salle had plenty of chances to level the match up until the final minute. Mauro Acot almost made it 1-1 on two occasions late in the match. However, his header was denied by Ateneo stopper Alexandre Arcilla, while the follow up went over the bar.

La Salle coach Hans Peter Smit was seemed relaxed despite the loss. The Green Booters followed their coach’s instructions except for scoring a goal.

“It’s okay since it’s only our third game of the season,” said Smit. “It’s good that it happened now than in the latter stages of the UAAP. The team needs to learn from this.”

In the first match, University of Santo Tomas claimed their first win of the season with a 2-1 win over University of the East. Jo Mallen made it 1-0 for UE in the 11th minute. AJ Pasion equalized for UST in the 41st minute, and John De Castro found the back of the net in the 53rd minute to give UST’s the win.

UAAP Women’s football takes over this Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Ateneo and Far Eastern University meet at 2:00 PM, while last year’s finalists La Salle and the University of the Philippines battle at 6:00 PM. The lone Men’s game will be between National University and FEU at 4:00 PM. — CAL

Surging Ateneo, Struggling La Salle Battle in UAAP

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Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University renew their rivalry in the UAAP today, February 16, at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Quezon City.

The Blue Booters are off to a strong start this season, they are currently on a three game winning streak. Rookies Ryan Haosen and Samuel Lim have sparked Ateneo’s run. However, Ateneo coach JP Merida is wary of La Salle’s chances despite his team seemingly scoring at will this season. Ateneo have scored 12 goals in their games.

“It’s Ateneo-La Salle. It will be a balanced match,” said Merida. “(This game) is for pride, and we have to work for it.”

Unlike their rivals, La Salle have yet to get in their groove this season. The Green Booters are in fourth place and their rookies, led by Matthew Custodio and Ryan Lawless, have yet to make their mark. La Salle’s Hans Peter Smit admitted that his team is still a work in progress while their opponents are on a roll.

“(Ateneo’s) rookies are doing pretty well, but when it’s a La Salle-Ateneo game, things change,” said Smit. “Let’s see what happens.”

The senior players from each team also expect the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry to hit fever pitch especially as Ateneo are looking for a fourth straight win. Both teams squared off in the past two UAAP semifinals. La Salle won in 2015 and Ateneo won a year later by way of penalty shoot out.

“It’s an Ateneo-La Salle rivalry. No matter what the standings are, no matter if one team is doing well and the other team not doing well, it’s anyone’s game,” said Ateneo’s Julian Roxas. The midfielder is one of the senior players in the team along with the injured Carlo Liay. “We have to come in mentally prepared, not thinking about the records, but thinking about how to win, how to prepare for the game.”

“Every time La Salle and Ateneo play, everyone does not want to lose,” said La Salle defender Noel Brago. Brago and Inigo Gonzales are La Salle’s co-captains for this season. “The players raise their game every time we play against them.”

The match kicks off at 4:00 PM. The University of the East and the University of Santo Tomas meet in the first game at 2:00 PM. — CAL

UAAP Football: Ateneo Leads the Way with 5-1 Rout of UST

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League leading Ateneo de Manila University continued their mastery of UAAP Men’s football tournament as the Blue Booters turned on the afterburners in the second half to defeat University of Santo Tomas, 5-1, in Sunday’s UAAP tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Jarvey Gayoso carried on with his scoring streak with a looping ball past the goalkeeper in the 10th minute, but UST answered right back in the 12th minute with an AJ Pasion goal.

However, Ateneo retook the lead eight minutes before half-time. Ryan Haosen turned Gayoso’s corner in to the back of the net.

Gayoso was again involved in the third goal, assisting Rupert Baña in the 49th minute. Substitute Paolo Alilam completed the rout with goals in the 83rd and 94th minute to make it three out of three for the Blue Booters.

Ateneo coach JP Merida was satisfied with his team’s efforts. Ateneo has scored 12 goals this season and only conceded their first goal against UST.

“The players played very well today,” said Merida, who also hailed his team’s devastating counter-attack.

De La Salle University claimed their first win in the Men’s division after a 2-0 win over the University of the East in Sunday’s first match.

Yoshiharu Koizumi scored the opener for La Salle in the 15th minute. The Taft-based squad doubled the lead in the 79th minute after UE’s Rino Saldivar directed Noel Brago’s free kick to the back of the net.

Despite getting their first win, La Salle coach Hans Peter Smit was unimpressed with his team’s performance especially up front.

“The team has not gotten in the groove yet, said Smit. “We’re not finishing. I’m not discrediting the boys but we need more push in the front line.”

In the second match, the University of the Philippines collected their second convincing win of the tournament with a 4-0 beatdown of National University.

Cagayan de Oro son Jeremiah Borlongan netted a brace in the 22nd and 27th minutes. Kintaro Miyagi added a third in the 49th minute and substitute James Condat rounded the result up with a fourth goal in the 77th minute.

UP are on a two game winning streak and have scored eight goals in their last two games, a welcome sight for coach Andres Gonzales.

“We wanted to improve our decision making,” said Gonzales. “We were deliberate in attack.”

The UAAP Men’s tournament continues this Thursday at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in the Ateneo campus in Quezon City. UE faces UST in the 2:00 PM kickoff followed by the much anticipated matchup between Ateneo and La Salle at 4:00 PM. — CAL

University of the Philippines Claim their First UAAP Women’s Title

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The University of the Philippines claimed the first of two UAAP football titles up for grabs on Thursday as the Lady Maroons defeated De La Salle University Lady Archers, 2-1, in the UAAP Women’s Final at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Second half goals from captain Cristina De Los Reyes and BG Sta. Clara lifted the Diliman-side to their first ever UAAP title.

“We felt that this was going to be a long day but the girls won it from the break. The seniors won it for us,” said champion coach Anto Gonzales. “It was a hard battle, but the players responded very well.”

On paper, beating La Salle’s undefeated record was already a daunting task for UP. However, it was pure heart and resiliency that allowed the Lady Maroons to make a stand.

La Salle was the better team for much of the first half. The front-line of UAAP best striker Shannon Arthur, Kyla Inquig, Chelo Hodges, and best midfielder and Rookie of the Year Sara Castañeda tried to pepper shots at the UP goal, but the efforts of the Lady Maroons defense and goalkeeper AJ Javier proved to be a tough nut to crack for the Lady Archers. The first half ended with UP and La Salle even at 0-0.

“I told them, ‘May nagbabantay satin sa taas wag naman natin sayangin,'” said Gonzales as a reminder for the team that UP Men’s Football Team’s Rogie Maglinas, who passed away last February, was there to support the girls in spirit.

The halftime break provided the spark UP needed.

Five minutes after the break, UP struck gold. Sta. Clara was played through on goal but DLSU’s Regine Metillo brought her down in the box, leaving referee Rey Ritaga no choice but to give a penalty. De Los Reyes handed UP the lead with shot past UAAP best goalkeeper Inna Palacios.

“We collected ourselves (from the first half),” said De Los Reyes on their inspired play in the second half. “We knew from the get go that we can do it.”

La Salle levelled things in the 60th minute. Molly Manalansan, who was playing in her final UAAP game, handled the ball inside the box. Castañeda stepped up and converted the penalty to make it 1-1.

But UP was not going to be denied as Sta. Clara made it 2-1 in the 67th minute. From the corner, the winger delivered a looping header that crept right on goal.

La Salle tried to forced extra-time but at the end, UP would not be denied as they clinched their first ever UAAP Women’s Football crown.

“To be honest, I’m not a big fan of history,” said Gonzales on their first ever championship. “The girls needed to show what they are capable of, and in the second half they showed it.” — CAL

Ateneo goalkeeper JP Oracion celebrates after winning their UAAP semifinal game against La Salle

JP Oracion Saves the Day as Ateneo Return to the UAAP Final

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Substitute goalkeeper JP Oracion loomed large during the penalty shoot out for the Ateneo de Manila University.

The unlikely hero came on in the dying minutes of extra time and denied Jose Montelibano’s spot kick to send Ateneo back to the UAAP Final at the expense of bitter rivals De La Salle University, 5-4 in penalties after the match ended at 1-1 after extra time Thursday night in front of a capacity crowd at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

A sea of blue and green in the grandstand bore witness as Ateneo redeemed themselves from last year’s defeat to La Salle in the most dramatic way — via penalties. The Blue and White squad will face the surging University of the Philippines for the UAAP Football Championship next week.

“Yung players hindi talaga bumigay, kaya pa rin kahit sino nilagay,” said a relieved Ateneo coach JP Merida after the match. “The good thing lang siguro sa team ko is meron silang puso pag dating sa penalties.”

Carlo Liay broke the deadlock for the Blue Eagles in the 36th minute. Mikko Mabanag made the run down the left flank, and found Liay unmarked in the middle. The forward wasted no time in putting it past Raphael De Guzman for the 1-0 lead at the half.

La Salle tried to find ways to break down the Ateneo defense in the second half. Rookie Jed Diamante came close in the 49th minute with an unmarked shot that went to the wrong side of the post.

It was a neck-and-neck battle until the 75th minute when La Salle finally draw level. Gelo Diamante rifled the ball in from just outside the box to beat Kenneth James with a shot towards the top corner to level things at 1-1.

Diamante almost won it for La Salle with four minutes remaining in the match. Substitute Jiggs Cruz out-dribbled his marker and found the La Salle skipper with the weighted ball. Diamante rounded out James in the box, but lost his momentum and his shot was off target, forcing extra time.

In the extra period, neither team had a solid chance on goal except in the 116th minute. Jed Diamante’s free kick was tipped over by James. However, the save came at a price as the injured James had to be replaced after the play. Oracion replaced James between the sticks. The added period ended with neither team finding the back of the net and with penalties needed to decide a winner.

Ateneo went five-out-of-five from the spot. Jeremiah Rocha, Julian Roxas, Mabanag, Paolo Alilam, and Liay all scored for Ateneo in the shoot-out. Jhoguev Ybañez, Nathan Alcantara, and Gelo Diamante scored for La Salle. Montelibano had a chance to send it to sudden death but his shot down the middle was saved by Oracion to send Ateneo back to the finals after a two-year absence.

Ateneo has a chance to win their seventh UAAP Football crown against UP next week, May 5, at Rizal Memorial Stadium. Kick off is at 3:00 PM. — CAL

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UP, La Salle, Ateneo, and UST in UAAP Final Four

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There will be a new champion in the UAAP after the final day of the elimination round held last Thursday at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field.

The University of the Philippines eked out a 1-0 win over defending champions Far Eastern University in the first match. A Kyle Magdato strike at the stroke of half-time ended FEU’s hopes of a third straight championship. The win also confirmed UP as the number one team going into the semifinals with 30 points while FEU missed out on a final four spot with 24 points.

“We played a very good first half, we dictated the play, but in the second half, FEU started to put players up front but they did not pressure (goalkeeper Ace Villanueva),” said UP coach Anto Gonzales. “Towards the end, puso na lang, walang gustong bumitaw, they really wanted to finish the game strong.”

UP will meet University of Santo Tomas in the semifinals. UP won their last meeting with UST in the knockout stages, a 1-0 win in the Final four years ago.

The second match saw last year’s runners up De La Salle University defeat the University of Santo Tomas, 4-0, to claim the second seed.

A Gelo Diamante brace in the first and a goal each from Jhoguev Ybañez and Yoshiaru Koizumi put La Salle in second place with 29 points. UST finished the elimination round with 25 points, level with third-seed Ateneo de Manila but behind on goal difference.

“Everything was already moot and academic after the first game,” said La Salle coach Hans Peter Smit. “I told the boys we just have to play whatever we practiced.”

La Salle will face rivals Ateneo in the semifinals. La Salle won their last meeting with Ateneo in the semifinals, a 1-0 win last year.

Adamson and UE battled in a scoreless draw in the final game of the eliminations. Adamson finished in seventh with five points while UE are in last place with two points.

The UAAP Semifinals will be on April 28, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. UP and UST will play the first game at 2:00 PM while La Salle and Ateneo battle in the second game at 4:00 PM. — CAL


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