Unbeaten DLSU claims top seed; Ateneo earns last semis berth
Santino Honasan on Feb 22, 2015 06:04 PM
De La Salle University closed out their UAAP Season 77 Men’s Football campaign with a spotless record, beating National University, 1-0 Sunday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field
With a guaranteed Final Four spot already in hand, the next target for the Taft-based booters was to finish the season at the top of the standings and Sabin Bustamante put the Archers on track with an early fifth minute goal.
For National U, their final four destiny was in peril as they would need a win to ensure a spot in the postseason. A draw or a loss would leave them hoping that Ateneo would also end up with a draw to at least force a playoff, or a loss to advance.
With such motivation in mind, the Bulldogs went aggressive in the second half, with a handful of opportunities to claim an equalizer. Unfortunately for NU, none of their attempts found the back of the net and the match ultimately ending at 1-0 in favor of DLSU.
At the FEU-Diliman Football Field, the Ateneo Blue Eagles were also playing for their Final Four hopes as they defeated University of Santo Tomas, 2-1.
Mikko Mabanag opened the scoring for the Katipuneros with a 17th minute conversion and the 1-0 lead by halftime. Thomasian striker Steven Anotado refused to go out quietly however, as he managed to even things up after netting a goal of his own in the 67th minute.
With around three minutes left in regulation, Kendall Colet played the hero for the Blue Eagles as he connected on a goal to give the lead back and eventually seal the win for Ateneo.
With Ateneo earning the win and NU coming up short, the Blue Eagles clinched the remaining final four spot with 25 points, while the Bulldogs finish at fifth place with 23 points.
The UAAP 77 Men’s Football Final Four picture is now set with DLSU at the top seed with 32 points, Far Eastern University at second place with 30 points, University of the Philippines at third with 27 points, and Ateneo at fourth with 25 points.