Winless teams aim for first victory in UAAP Season 78 Football

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 20, 2016 12:02 PM
Winless teams aim for first victory in UAAP 78 Football
Daniel Gadia (23) and the Maroons, Jarvey Gayoso (11) and the Blue Eagles both try for their first wins of the UAAP Season 78 Men's Football tournament

Matches on Saturday (McKinley Hill Stadium)

1:00 PM – UP vs. UE (Men’s)

4:00 PM – UST vs. Ateneo (Women’s)

7:00 PM – Adamson vs. Ateneo

 

Four teams try to get their first wins of the UAAP Season 78 Men’s Football tournament as University of the Philippines meets University of the East, while Adamson University faces off against Ateneo de Manila University, Saturday at the McKinley Hill Stadium.

After a promising draw against defending champions FEU in their first outing, the UP Maroons suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Season 77 runners-up DLSU, courtesy of a late goal from rookie Jed Diamante.

For head coach Anto Gonzales, there’s no doubt that the Maroons have no shortage in effort and in heart, but it’s the team’s finishing that needs to be worked on, and they’ll be able to test that against a hungry UE team.

UE will be heading into Saturday’s matchup with a bit of momentum after scoring their first point of the season by holding a talented UST team to a scoreless draw.

Can the motivated Red Warriors pounce on a struggling UP team, or will the Maroons finally get their stride and get their first W of the season?

The Adamson Falcons were also minutes away from holding current top-seed NU to a scoreless draw in their last match, but a late surge helped the Bulldogs come away with a 2-0 victory. Credit goes to Adamson keeper Carl Viray however, who frustrated NU prior to the two conversions.

Even though the Falcons took the L, their heart was once again apparent, and they can look to once again get their first UAAP Football win against Ateneo.

After breaking into the Final Four last season and then going into Season 78 with basically an intact and more experience lineup, things have not been going as planned for Ateneo.

The Blue Eagles dropped their first meeting against rivals DLSU after keeping things close in the early goings, and then lost their second straight match after being demolished by FEU.

For senior captain Mikko Mabanag, the mental aspect needs to change in order for the former champions to finally get going.

One bright spot for the Blue Eagles is the arrival of rookie striker Jarvey Gayoso, who introduced himself by scoring a brace against the defending champions FEU in their previous meeting. According to Mabanag, Gayoso is the striker that the Blue Eagles have been waiting for.

Can Mabanag and Gayoso lead the Blue Eagles to their first win, or will the young Falcons keep them struggling? 

 

In the Women's Division, two teams also try to come away with their first win of the season as UST takes on Ateneo. 

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