Jarvey Gayoso didn't want to lose to FEU. Not Again.
"I didn't want to lose again to FEU. Not again." - Ateneo's Jarvey Gayoso
For Ateneo's Jarvey Gayoso, UAAP Season 79 was surely a special one.
After coming up short in the finals the year before, Gayoso and the Blue Eagles finally brought the men's football championship back to Katipunan for the first time since UAAP Season 75.
From an individual standpoint, it was also a banner year for the sophomore striker, who took home Most Valuable Player, Best Striker, and Mythical XI honors.
One more thing that likely makes this championship win a bit more special for Gayoso is the fact that it came against a familiar rival in Far Eastern University.
" Finally!" Gayoso said after the match when asked about finally getting one over FEU.
Coincidentally, it was in Season 75 as well, that Gayoso began his UAAP football career in the juniors division. The reigning Rookie of the Year that season, Gayoso and the Blue Eaglets would fall to the Baby Tamaraws, who were at three-peat champions at the time.
Then again in Season 76. And Season 77.
For three years, Gayoso had to go through the pain of coming up short against FEU.
"My entire high school UAAP career, I've been into the finals and gone against FEU, and I've never had an opportunity,"
While Gayoso never got the chance to get the better of FEU in high school, it was bound to happen in the seniors.
In Season 78, his rookie year in the senior division, Gayoso did make the finals, but FEU didn't even reach the Final Four.
In the Season 79 Finals, Gayoso and his old rivals from FERN eventually crossed paths. This time around however, things were different.
"This year, we had a different mentality and we had different players helping us out. It feels good to finally be one ahead."
So when it was asked if facing FEU, who had been a thorn in his side for almost his entire UAAP career so far, served as motivation heading into the Finals, Gayoso was pretty clear in his response.
Fittingly, it was Gayoso who scored the lone goal to clinch the championship.
"I didn't want to lose again to FEU. Not again."