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.

Maroon booters stop Tamaraws

Despite playing against the home team, it was the Fighting Maroons who came rampaging as both men’s and women’s teams netted victories against their FEU counterparts.

 by Jason Mercene

Despite playing against the home team, it was the Fighting Maroons who came rampaging as both men’s and women’s teams netted victories against their FEU counterparts.

The UP Lady Booters started the day on the winning track as they scored an upset over defending champion Lady Tamaraws, 1-nil, Sunday at the FEU-FERN Football Field.

After a scoreless halftime, Mary Rose Obra broke away from her defender to score the lone goal of the match, lifting the Lady Booters to its first win this season.

Meanwhile, in the battle of the top two teams in men’s division, second-running UP imposed their might as they dismantled league-leading FEU, 3-nil.

Just four minutes into the first half, rookie Primo Santos came surging as he hit a long goal while veteran Jinggoy Valmayor connected on his attempt in the sixth minute to put UP in a commanding 2-0 advantage.

The lead did not stop Maroon’s offense as Gabriel Mendoza chipped in another goal in the 86th handing the previously undefeated Tamaraws their first loss this season.

The Anto Gonzalez-mentored squad improved to 5-0-3 card with 15 points, three points behind FEU, while the UP women’s team has four points tied for fourth place with DLSU.