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Ateneo-UP Ends in Heated Stalemate; FEU Snaps NU’s Win Streak

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League leaders Ateneo de Manila University settled for a 1-1 draw against University of the Philippines in the Sunday’s opening fixtures of the UAAP Men’s Football Tournament second round at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

It was Kintaro Miyagi who gave the Fighting Maroons the lead in the 32nd minute. Kyle Magdato’s shot past AJ Arcilla was going wide when last season’s top scorer came from nowhere to pounce the ball in.

But Ateneo answered back in the 65th minute. Julian Roxas was already through on goal, but his shot was saved by Ace Villanueva for a corner. Jarvey Gayoso took the corner and sent it to an unmarked Jeremiah Rocha, who then headed it in for the equalizer.

The officiating took center stage after the equalizer. UP could have been 2-1 up in the 73rd minute when a mad scramble resulted in the ball going in to the back of the net. However, the linesman surprisingly raised his flag for offside and cancelled the goal, leaving UP coach Anto Gonzales furious until after the match.

“F——— officiating. You can quote me on that,” said an irate Gonzales after the match. “It was the f———, lousiest officiating that I have ever seen. That goal, offside? Paano yun naging offside, may tao sila sa poste.”

The Fighting Maroons were also given a seemingly unfair call in the 57th minute after a UP counter-attack was neutralized by an errant offside call which the referee reversed.

“The officiating did not do justice to us. Definitely,” added Gonzales.

While Gonzales lashed out at the officiating, Ateneo coach Jaypee Merida expressed his concern about his team’s mentality going into the latter stages of the match. Despite getting the equalizer, Ateneo played it safe and settled for the draw instead of going for the win. Ateneo remain undefeated in first place with 20 points while UP are in third with.

“After we scored, nandoon na ‘yung mindset nila na to hold na sa our half, to defend na, to finish this game for a draw,” said Merida. “Still, I’m happy with the result because they worked together.

Meanwhile, Far Eastern University snapped National University’s three-game winning streak with a 2-1 win in the first game. Alex Rayos opened the scoring for FEU in the 14th minute. Lawrence Colina equalized for NU from the free kick in the 22nd minute. Audie Menzi won it for the Tamaraws with a 53rd minute strike. FEU, like Ateneo, are undefeated and are in second place with 18 points.

The UAAP Men’s second round continues this Thursday at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Quezon City. University of the East face University of Santo Tomas at 2 PM followed by the match between De La Salle University and Adamson University at 4 PM. — CAL

League Leading Ateneo Held by FEU, NU Wins Third Straight

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For the first time this season, the Ateneo de Manila University were unable to get a win or even register a goal. The league leading Blue Eagles settled for a scoreless draw against the Far Eastern University in the final match of the UAAP Men’s tournament first round yesterday at the Moro Lorenzo Field in Quezon City.

It was the first draw for Ateneo this season, who held a six game winning streak prior to the match. Nevertheless, the league leaders finished the first round at the top of the table with 19 points and a huge +15 goal differential.

“I noticed from the players, they were not here for the three points,” said a discouraged Jaypee Merida after the match. “They did a lot of fancy (dribbling), but I’ll take the point, at least it added to our tally,” the Ateneo coach added.

Ateneo star Jarvey Gayoso was sorely missed during the match. The winger, who has five goals to his name, served his suspension after picking up his second yellow card of the season in the win over the University of the Philippines.

The game only came to life in the dying minutes of the match. Dave Deloso had the chance to snatch the winner in the 88th minute. The FEU Tamaraw was on the end of a well timed lob from Paolo Bugas, but his shot from close range was denied by Ateneo goalkeeper Jae Arcilla.

On the other end of the pitch, rookie Samuel Lim had the chance to extend Ateneo’s win streak in added time. The forward was through on goal, and only had Ray Joyel to beat, but the FEU stopper was equal to the shot.

Concerns mounted late in the match after Arcilla sent a flying knee to Deloso’s chest. The FEU forward had to be stretchered off the field.

FEU coach Vince Santos expected the match against the leaders to be a tough one, but thought his team could have nicked a goal in.

“We expected to have a tough match, I think that’s what we got today,” said Santos. “Ateneo’s very organized this season so I just wish we could have done better with our chances.”

In the first match, National University went up to fourth place after a 1-0 win over the University of Santo Tomas. Mike Arbela sealed the three points with a 55th minute strike to send NU to their third straight win.

Saturday’s UAAP at the Rizal Memorial Stadium will feature the final matches of the first round of the Women’s tournament. De La Salle University take on FEU in the 3 PM kickoff followed by Ateneo and UST in the second game at 5 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


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