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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

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 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

UAAP Football: Ateneo, UST Victors in Women’s Opener; FEU Humbles Adamson in Men’s Action

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The UAAP Football Tournament continued yesterday, February 11, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium with Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas winning in the Women’s division while Far Eastern University got their second win in the Men’s division.

The Women’s tournament began with Ateneo stunning defending champions University of the Philippines with a 1-0 win in the first match.

Nona Amoncio struck a well taken free kick in the fifth minute to put the Lady Eagles ahead. The defending champions tried to find an equalizer but Ateneo’s stringent defense left UP reeling with frustration.

Ateneo coach JP Merida was impressed with the girls’ performance especially in the second half.

“We are happy that we got the first win,” said Merida. “The girls played well by their position in the first half, and our defense responded very well in the second half.”

In the second women’s fixture, UST willed their way to a 2-1 win over Far Eastern University. Second half goals from Hazel Lustan in the 56th minute and Charise Lemoran in the 61st minute saw the Lady Golden Booters with an opening day win. Jovelle Sudaria’s free kick in the 71st minute pulled one back for FEU.

The Morayta squad had a chance to draw level in the 90th minute after UST conceded a penalty following a handball offense. Sudaria had the opportunity to equalize in added time, but goalkeeper Nicole Reyes made the crucial save to keep the scores at 2-1.

UST coach Aging Rubio praised her team’s efforts in the win especially with how the players relied on each other on both sides of the pitch.

“Our efforts in training paid off,” said a relieved Rubio. “Everyone helped well to win the ball in defense and move forward in attack.”

The lone Men’s football match saw Far Eastern University run away with a 4-0 win over Adamson University to move up into second place in the standings. Forward Rico Andes fired a brace after scoring in the 39th and 67th minutes. Dominique Canonigo and skipper Val Jurao also found the back of the net for the Tamaraws.

The next UAAP matches will be held today, February 12 at RMS. De La Salle University battle the University of the East at 2:00 PM. National University and the University of the Philippines meet in the 4:00 PM match. UST and Ateneo will play in the 6:00 PM games. The Womens’s play next week February 18 with FEU and Ateneo at 2:00 PM and the rematch between last year’s finalists UP and La Salle at 6:00 PM — CAL

A Championship For Rogie: UP Crowned Kings of UAAP Football

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“Rogie salamat sa lahat. Sana kasama ka namin at nakita mo sana kung paano lumaban yung team and yung iniwan mo, mananatili yun parati sa amin. Yung fight, yung sipag, yung appreciation sa mga maliliit na bagay. That will remain. Sana masaya ka kung nasaan ka ngayon.”

UP Coach Anto Gonzales was emotional as he said that after the University of the Philippines finally ended a three-year wait for a championship. The UP Fighting Maroons dealt a comprehensive 4-1 victory over the Ateneo de Manila University to be crowned champions of the UAAP Men’s football tournament, Thursday night in front of a capacity crowd at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

UP’s title win proved to be a fitting end to a season filled with heartache brought on by the tragic passing of former team member Rogie Maglinas before the start of the season. Maglinas, who would have played his third year in the UAAP, succumbed to cancer last February.

The Fighting Maroons’ championship win was also a completion of a UAAP football Double after the UP Lady Maroons won their final against De La Salle Lady Archers in the first game, 2-1.

Rookie Kintaro Miyagi was a revelation in the final. The Cebuano forward netted a hat-trick to cap off a championship winning season for UP. Skipper Daniel Gadia was also on target and collected the Most Valuable Player award.

“We are so blessed that Rogie inspired us, yung sipag na iniwan niya, yan yung biniuild up namin throughout the season,” added Gonzales after the match. “This final, wala kaming stress, wala kaming anxiety to win it because I was very satisfied with what they showed this season. In terms of fight, in terms of effort, wala na akong mahihingi pa.

Despite the scoreline, Ateneo still put up a valiant fight against their rivals from Katipunan. Captain Mikko Mabanag almost gave the Blue Eagles an early lead in the seventh minute. The midfielder launched a curling free kick that sailed over the goal.

Miyagi broked the deadlock in the 28th minute. Gadia rifled in from outside but Ateneo’s Kenn James parried it away. Unfortunately for the goalkeeper, the ball fell into the path of Miyagi, who converted the rebound.

The UP skipper made it 2-0 six minutes later. Gadia barrelled past two defenders and then slammed the ball straight to the top-left corner to double the advantage.

Ateneo’s efforts finally paid off as Mabanag pulled one back in the 36th minute. The Ateneo skipper’s free kick was supposed to be a routine save for Ace Villanueva, however the ball made a wicked bounce that went past the goalkeeper’s legs and in to give Ateneo a lifeline, 2-1 at the half.

Ateneo’s confidence grew in the opening minutes of the second half. Mabanag had another chance from the free kick that Villanueva collected in the 51st minute. Mashu Yoshioka also came close in the 62nd minute but hesitated in putting up a shot.

Miyagi’s two goals late in the second half delivered the knockout blow to Ateneo’s hopes for a comeback. JB Borlongan whipped in a cross for the forward from the right flank. Despite being marked by Jeremiah Rocha, Miyagi made it count from close range in the 70th minute.

With just ten minutes left, Miyagi kick-started UP’s title celebrations by scoring the fourth goal to complete his hat-trick in the 80th minute. Substitute Soheil Bidar played a weighted ball to Miyagi, who finished it with ease.

“The way we played this season was two or three notches (better than last season), in terms of overall play and in terms of fight and effort,” said Gonzales on the win. “Icing on the cake nalang yung final. The boys gave their everything.” — 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

For Rogie: UP Battle Ateneo

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Missing out on a championship for the past three years has been painful to the University of the Philippines. Going into the Final after three years without one of their players is even more painful for the Maroons.

However, the UP Maroons look to win the title when they face the Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP Final on Thursday, May 5 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Dedicating this season to fallen teammate Rogie Maglinas, the Fighting Maroons finished at the top of the standings with 30 points. UP also sent defending champions Far Eastern University out of the running with a 1-0 win to close out the eliminations and defeated UST 3-0 in the semifinal to make a return to the UAAP Final.

Kapag tinatanong ninyo ako about Rogie, emotional ako,” said UP Coach Anto Gonzales about his former ward.

Maglinas, who was supposed to play his third year for UP, passed away before the UAAP season started last February.

“The whole season he’s always in our heads. The players dedicate every game to him,” continued Gonzales.

UP, who are on a seven-game winning streak, have particularly impressed in this season’s tournament. Kyle Magdato and Kintaro Miyagi have carried the goalscoring load for UP after forward Jinggoy Valmayor graduated last year.

“Compared to last year, we’re consistent,” said UP coach Anto Gonzales. “We could have scored more goals but in terms of playing time and performance, in terms of work and fight this team really covered everything.”

Along with a sturdy front line, UP’s backline have also impressed this season. Gonzales credited defenders Patxi Santos and UP rookie Ian Clarino in stabilizing the defense and a league best concession of five goals.

Against Ateneo, Gonzales reiterated that all of his players can showcase what they are capable of on the pitch. UP and Ateneo last met at this stage in the 2013 Final. Ateneo won both games in the finals by way of penalty shootout.

“I think the older players believe they can do it. The younger players are thinking what they are capable of,” added Gonzales. “The boys have been very confident since day 1. Iba yung self belief ng boys na ito, kahit sino we’ll take them on.

Before the Men’s Final at 5:30pm, the UP Women’s team will face the unbeaten De La Salle Lady Archers in the Women’s final at 3:00pm. — CAL

UP Outclass UST in the UAAP Semifinals, 3-0

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A year after missing out on the big dance, the University of the Philippines made a sensational return to the UAAP Finals with a 3-0 win over the University of Santo Tomas in the first match of the UAAP Semifinals Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Kyle Magdato, Kintaro Miyagi, and Rvin Resuma sealed the deal for the Diliman-side. UP will meet Ateneo de Manila University in a “Battle of Katipunan” Final next week.

“We’re quite consistent in terms of performance, in terms of play, in terms of fight,” said UP coach Anto Gonzales. “They’re free to show what they’re really capable of.”

Magdato opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. Skipper Daniel Gadia laid the ball for the winger, who calmly slotted the ball past Zaldy Abraham.

Gadia was once again involved in the second goal 37 minutes into the match. The midfielder sent a lofted ball for Miyagi, who went for the chip over Abraham to double the lead, 2-0 at half-time.

The UP skipper almost made it 3-0 in the 79th minute. Gadia rounded out Abraham in the box, and sent his shot on target. UST’s John de Castro had to clear the ball off the line to maintain just a two-goal lead.

Resuma eventually made it 3-0 at the death. The midfielder won the ball from Abraham in the box, and sent it into an unopposed goal.

UP has a chance to win their first title in four years when they face Ateneo next week, May 5 at Rizal. Kick off for the Final is at 3:00 PM, followed by the Women’s Final at 5:30 PM. — CAL

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