UAAP 77 Menís Football: Valmayor, Giganto and Anotado lead goal scorers
Santino Honasan on Jan 27, 2015 02:29 PM
Valmayor, Giganto, and Anotado lead UAAP Season 77 goal scorers.
The UAAP Season 77 Men’s football tournament is already early into the second round of action, and a few names have already made their presence felt on the field and into the minds of opposing defenses.
Leading this season’s top scorers are University of the Philippines’ Jinggoy Valmayor, Far Eastern University’s Eric Giganto, and University of Santo Tomas’ Stephen Anotado. All three have stuffed the stat sheets with eight goals apiece so far this year.
Valmayor has long been a prolific scorer in the collegiate ranks. The Season 73 Rookie of the Year and Best Striker has led the Maroons to two titles in four finals appearances, and is on track to guide them into a fifth. Valmayor’s most dominant performance this year came in a first round matchup against defending champions FEU, a rematch of the Season 76 finals. The fifth-year striker torched the Tamaraws with a hat-trick en route to a 3-1 win.
For the Morayta-based squad’s Season 77 campaign, 4th-year man Giganto has emerged as the main offensive threat. Last year, Giganto was a pivotal piece in the Tamaraws’ title run last season, helping them clinch the title for the first time since 2010 and will be looking to claim back to back titles this year. Giganto’s Season 77 highlight so far was exploding for four goals in a 9-1 destruction of Adamson back in January 11.
Already establishing himself as a scoring threat in only his second year of play, Anotado has been helping keep the Tigers’ final four hopes alive. Last season, Anotado already showed flashes of his offensive brilliance, even leading the league in scoring after the first round. Anotado finds himself in a similar spot this season, highlighted by his hat-trick to lead USTe to a 3-1 win over UE back in December.
Not far behind in the scoring list is National University’s Paolo Salenga with six made goals, while FEU’s Jhan Jhan Melizza has scored five of his own. Gelo Diamante from De La Salle and Arnel Amita from FEU have four apiece, while six booters are tied with three goals each, namely Gino Clarino and Efren Menares from UST, Gerald Layumas and Charleston Uy from DLSU, Carlo Liay, Julian Roxas and Emilio Acosta from Ateneo, Patrick Valenzuela from NU and Bless Brian I Jumo from Adamson)