Ateneo, NU booters end first round with wins
Santino Honasan on Jan 21, 2015 06:07 PM
Ateneo de Manila and National University bounced back to end the first round with big wins.
Ateneo de Manila University closed out the first round in dominating fashion with a 3-1 win over Adamson University in the UAAP 77 men's football tournament on Wednesday at the FEU-Diliman Football Field.
Julian Roxas gave the Blue Eagles an early lead after scoring on a 14th minute goal. Just before the halftime break, Paolo Alilan got on the score board as well to double Ateneo's lead.
In the second half, team captain Mikko Mabanag put the game on ice with a 73rd minute goal that bounced off the right goal post and into the back of the net. Bless Brian II Jumo prevented the shutout for Adamson, scoring in the final minute of action.
Ateneo ended the first round with four wins, two draws, one loss for 14 points, while Adamson finishes with seven consecutive losses.
In earlier action, National University was able to bounce back with a dominant 3-0 win over the University of the East.
Eddie Alivio put the Bulldogs on the board early with an eighth minute goal, then NU's leading scorer Paolo Salenga knocked in his sixth tournament goal in the 24th minute to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead early in the first half. In the 37th mark, Patrick Valenzuela added cushion to the National U lead, blasting the ball straight through the UE goalie's hands for the 3-0 lead.
National U managed to hold on to their lead in the second half, keeping UE scoreless in the second half as well to complete the shut out and earn close out the first round on a high note.
The Bulldogs earned their fourth win of the season, along with one draw and two losses for 13 points. UE ended the first round with one win and six losses for three points.
On the distaff side, defending champion Far Eastern University finished the first round with a 2-1 victory over Ateneo de Manila. Maan Cayadona gave the Lady Eagles the early lead in the 31st minute, but the Lady Tamaraws bounced back thanks to goals from Alesa Dolino and Ina Araneta in the 37th and 53rd minutes respectively.
Also in women's action, De La Salle handed University of the Philippines thier first loss this season with a 2-0 win. After a scoreless first half, Meggy Diaz connected on a 60th minute goal, while Chelo Hodges sealed the game with a 72nd minute conversion.
At the end of the first round, FEU and UP share the top spot, both with three wins and one loss for nine points. De La Salle improves to two wins and two losses for six points, while Ateneo and UST are tied at the bottom, both with one win, three losses, and five points.