'We were thinking about Carlo Liay' - Jarvey Gayoso on Ateneo's semifinal win
Ateneo's Jarvey Gayoso (center) and Carlo Liay (right) celebrate a scored goal in their UAAP men's football semifinal matchup against UST
On Sunday, Carlo Liay will be playing his final game as a member of the Ateneo men's football team.
For five years, the Italy-born Liay played his heart out for the Ateneo community, drawing inspiration from the people who have supported them in their UAAP campaigns, and it did lead to a championship during Season 75.
Thursday afternoon however, it was Liay who provided inspiration for his teammates, as they secured their second straight men's football finals appearance after dispatching University of Santo Tomas, 2-1, in an exciting affair.
The hero of that match was sophomore striker Jarvey Gayoso, who netted two first half goals to help get the win. Talking to the media however, Gayoso said that it was Liay who gave them the extra push.
"We were thinking about how Carlo Liay, it's his last year," Gayoso said.
Liay happens to be the only senior on the Ateneo squad this season, and is the last remaining member of the Season 75 team that went on to become champions.
Gayoso added that getting Liay back into the finals is partly what helped them survive a second-half run from UST in the semis.
"I think that inspired us towards playing and giving him another opportunity to be in the finals and get that gold."
Had Ateneo collapsed during that second half, Liay would have ended his UAAP career on a heartbreaking note, given that Ateneo had dominated the eliminations and finished with the top seed.
On Sunday, Carlo Liay will be playing his final game as a member of the Ateneo men's football team, and he could go out with another championship to his hame.