DLSU survives early scare to draw UST
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 18, 2016 06:57 PM
DLSU's Jose Montelibano (14) scored the equalizer in the first half to hold UST to a 1-1 draw.
Jose Montelibano received a well-time assist from a free kick to knock in the equalizer just before halftime to help the De La Salle Green Archers draw the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 1-1, Thursday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Field in Ateneo.
DLSU found themselves behind on the scoreboards for the first time this season after UST’s John De Castro banked in a header from a corner kick to give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage in the 17th minute.
A foul in the extra time before the midgame intermission gave the Archers a free kick and a chance to score off a set piece. The play proved to be fruitful as Greggy Yang blasted the ball straight to rookie Jed Diamante, who in turn found a cutting Montelibano who miscalculated his first kick, but recovered quickly enough to send the ball in.
A more physical second half saw DLSU control the tempo of the match after UST found themselves undermanned, with Karl Bronda getting thrown from the match. The Archers however couldn’t produce another conversion and the score held after 90 minutes.
Frustrated with the outcome, DLSU head coach Hans Smit spoke about his players’ attitude in the match.
“It all has to do with attitude. They played the first half like they did during the first two games, complacent. They didn’t give their all.” Smit told ABS-CBN Sports.
“In the second half, I put in fresh legs and [UST] was one man down. The instructions were to put more pressure on them, but the choice of passes, their finishing was terrible. We should’ve won this game, with all the chances to score a goal, they just didn’t want to finish it.” Smit added.
Even after the draw, DLSU sits the top of the standings, tied with NU for seven points in three matches (although NU gets the advantage due to goal difference.) UST sits tied with defending champions FEU with five points in three matches.