UP edges La Salle to bag first UAAP women’s football crown

by David Tristan Yumol

The UP Women's Football Team bagged its first ever UAAP title after beating La Salle, 2-1! ‪#‎GoalUP‬ ‪#‎UPFight‬ ‪#‎ForRogie‬ Photo by David Tristan Yumol
UP President Alfredo Pascual pose with the members of the UP Women’s Football Team after a successful championship campaign in the UAAP Season 78 Tournament, bagging the title after beating De La Salle University, 2-1. Photo by David Tristan Yumol

The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons won their first UAAP championship via an upset of top-seeded De La Salle University, 2-1, Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Cristina delos Reyes provided the much-needed lift for the Diliman-based booters by scoring a penalty kick during the 50th minute.

However, a penalty was also awarded to La Salle’s Sara Castaneda in the 61st minute after UP’s Aira Agustin was called for a yellow card in their collision inside the box.

She comfortably scored the kick to tie the game at one apiece.

Six minutes after that goal from the Taft-based booters, Angeliza Sta. Clara scored a fantastic header from a corner kick to bring back the lead to the Lady Maroons, 2-1.

From there, UP did not let La Salle score as they sealed their first ever championship in the women’s football event of the 78 year-old league.

In a post-game interview, Sta. Clara admitted she did not expect to score her winning goal which was not a perfect hit though.

“I didn’t saw where the ball was going after I made that header. I felt surprised that luckily, the ball went inside the goal box,” she said.

Coach Anto Gonzales was proud of what his girls achieved after going through a challenging season.

“It was a tough game at the first half. Fortunately, we pulled away in the second half with those lucky breaks,” he mentioned.

Molly Manalansan was named Most Valuable Player at the awarding rites graced by UP President Alfredo Pascual and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan.

Maroons finish 2nd in Men’s football, take special awards

The University of the Philippines settled for second place after falling to Far Eastern University, 1-0, in Game 2 of the UAAP Football Finals Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

by John Reczon Calay

The University of the Philippines settled for second place after falling to Far Eastern University, 1-0, in Game 2 of the UAAP Football Finals Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

The Maroon Booters, who played in the finals without ace striker Jinggoy Valmayor due to a red card penalty, lost in their last two finals appearances after conceding the crown last season to Ateneo de Manila University.

FEU striker Jes Melliza scored the lone goal of the match after converting a header in the 71st minute.

Despite the painful loss for the Maroon Booters, Ace Villanueva was hailed as the league’s Best Goalkeeper while Patxi Santos was named as the league’s Rookie of the Year.

“The team fought [sic] hard till the end. Congratulations FEU for winning the championship!” Valmayor tweeted.

“Thank you UP community for supporting us this season! Next year ulit!” he added.

Maroon booters avenge first round loss to Warriors; take twice-to-beat incentive

The University of the Philippines secured their semi-final twice-to-beat advantage after cementing their hold at second place with a 2-0 win against University of the East in the UAAP Men’s Football Tournament Sunday at the Ateneo de Manila University pitch.

by John Reczon Calay

The University of the Philippines secured their semi-final twice-to-beat advantage after cementing their hold at second place with a 2-0 win against University of the East in the UAAP Men’s Football Tournament Sunday at the Ateneo de Manila University pitch.

The Maroons have now accumulated 22 points, five points ahead of University of Santo Tomas which finished the elimination round with 17 points.

UP pressured UE from the opening whistle and found the back of the net in the 11th minute courtesy of team captain Jinggoy Valmayor.

Valmayor continued his aggressiveness and almost scored another goal three minutes later to no avail as the ball hit the crossbar. But Valmayor made up for the let down as he completed a brace in injury time of the first half to put UP ahead with a commanding 2-0 lead.

Valmayor is now the league’s top scorer, accounting for nine goals so far this season.

It was sweet revenge for the Maroons against the Warriors, who defeated them via a similar stand-off in the first round.

UP will play its last game of the elimination round against the defending champion Ateneo in a non-bearing match on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Far Eastern University-Diliman football field.

Lone goal propels unscathed FEU over UP

The University of the Philippines failed its attempt to seize a third win after a 1-0 loss to league-leading Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Football Tournament Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

by John Reczon Calay

The University of the Philippines failed its attempt to seize a third win after a 1-0 loss to league-leading Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Football Tournament Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

Despite playing minus one man after rookie Reymart Cubon was given red card early in the second half, the Tamaraws held on as Eric Giganto capitalized on an attack in the 77th minute to score the lone goal of the match.

The Tamaraw’s defense, spearheaded by Alex Rayos and Arnel Amita, then remained tough surviving all attacks by the Maroons in the remainder of the game.

Maroon midfielder Carlos Monfort came close to netting a goal in the 67th minute but his free kick went off the bar.

FEU improved to 15 points on an immaculate 5-0 card while sending the Maroons in the fifth place with six points.

The Maroons will face the University of Sto. Tomas  for its last game of the year at the FEU Diliman Football Field, Wednesday.

UP Booters bag silver in 2013 Unigames

The University of the Philippines Men’s Football Team settled for silver in the 2013 Philippine University Games after suffering a 4-1 championship loss to hometown favorite University of St. La Salle Monday at Panaad Football Stadium.

by John Edison Ubaldo

BACOLOD City – The University of the Philippines Men’s Football Team settled for silver in the 2013 Philippine University Games after suffering a 4-1 championship loss to hometown favorite University of St. La Salle Monday at Panaad Football Stadium.

It may be a painful finals beatdown but for UP Head Coach Anto Gonzales, his team has already exceeded expectations after getting knocked out in the quarter finals last year.

Yung training program namin nag-suffer kasi wala kaming available pitch sa UP. So really magandang achievements na for the boys to get into the finals,” said Gonzales.

The USLS Stingers, who finished second to Far Eastern University last year, dominated ball possession and displayed superior football prowess to completely outplay the visiting Maroons. Joel Bedia put the La Sallians ahead in the 23rd minute off a pass from J Bagiuoro.

Korean import Byeong Jun Yoon then had to misfire four attempts inside the box before finally giving USLS a 3-0 cushion with back to back goals in the 41st and 42nd minute.

The Maroons went more physical in the second half and tried to mount a comeback as Negrense Jinggoy Valmayor sent a nifty pass to Daniel Gadia, which the latter sent to the left corner, 3-1.

The Diliman booters continued with their rally but the hometown bets denied any letdown, scoring another goal in the 72nd minute courtesy of Baguioro to finally seal the championship.

During the semi finals, UP defeated fellow UAAP contender National University, 3-1. The Bulldogs finished with bronze, scoring a lone goal against De La Salle University in the battle for third.

Maroons fend off Tamaraws to avenge first round loss

by Edison Ubaldo

Veteran-stiker Gerardo Valmayor led an early counter-attack to score the lone goal of the game and lift University of the Philippines to a much needed 1-0 win against first round tormentor Far Eastern University Sunday in the UAAP Season 75 Men’s Football Tournament.

Valmayor struck the game-winning goal in the ninthth minute after the Maroon booters caught FEU’s defense off guard.

The Tamaraws dominated ball possession in the first half but could not capitalize as they had a hard time figuring out UP’s frontal defense.

Valmayor again had a good look at the net in the 40th minute but his consecutive shots were both deflected by goalkeeper Jestoni Celeste.

FEU’s Alex Rayos brought scare in the 45th minute but his shot were a few inches off the goalpost.

A brilliant pass by Nathaniel De Guzman in the 69th minute left Valmayor open inside the box with Celeste away but was not able to capitalize as his shot went out of bounds.

Valmayor continued to hound FEU’s defense and finding the back of the net in the 75th minute but was called for offside.

Rookie Carlos Monfort also struck late in the second half but was called for an illegal shot.

“We changed tactics. Defended deep and tried to look for the counter,” said UP Head Coach Anto Gonzales of the adjustments he made after suffering a 3-0 first round thrashing at the hands of FEU.

UP currently stands fourth in the standings but a win on Wednesday’s final elimination game against La Salle would garner them at least third depending on the result of the encounters of third-running FEU and second-running Ateneo against University of Santo Tomas and National University, respectively.

“We want to finish as high as possible (in the eliminations) and try to reach for the twice to beat advantage (in the semis).

A win by UP and a loss by FEU and ADMU would push the Maroons on top followed by ADMU, DLSU, and FEU for the final four spots.