Gumban shines as UST jumps into second place after stunning NU
Santino Honasan on Feb 21, 2016 11:06 PM
UST jumps into second place after turning back NU, three goals to one
Ronald Batisla-ong scored in the second half, while Renz Gumban completed a brace within just ten minutes as University of Santo Tomas stunned National University, 3-1, Sunday evening at the McKinley Hill Stadium to move into second place in the UAAP Season 78 Men’s Football tournament.
National U started out strong and managed to control majority of the first 45 minutes of the matchup, but ultimately couldn’t convert, while also holding UST scoreless to enter the midgame break at 0-0.
The second half was a different story however, as the Tigers came out more aggressive and it paid off before long, as returning senior Batisla-ong converted in the 52nd minute for the one-nil advantage.
NU tried to answer back but couldn’t get their shots off any more, and the Thomasian barrage continued as rookie Gumban doubled UST’s lead in the 72nd minute with a header off a keeper fumble.
Around nine minutes later, Gumban stormed back down towards the goal and blasted his second goal of the evening past NU keeper Chris Perocho and into the back of the net for the commanding 3-0 advantage.
The shutout was not to be however, as Darwin Regala managed to pull one back for the Bulldogs four minutes into injury time, for a 3-1 final tally in favor of Espanya squad.
“Sobrang saya, lalong tumaas yung kumpiyansa ko,” said Gumban, who was supposed to suit up for UST last season, but instead sat out with an injury. Tigers coach Marjo Allado commented that the two goals would do wonders for Gumban’s confidence on the pitch.
“Pati na din yung kumpiyansa nung team, kasi wala pa kaming talo.” Gumban added.
After missing out on the Final Four last season, UST is once again becoming a force in the league, and their two win-two draw start is a far cry from last year’s forgettable opening.
“Last year kasi, umpisa ng first game, sunod-sunod yung talo. Motivation namin yung standing last year, pang-anim, eh sa ilang taon, laging nasa top-four ang UST, last season yung pinaka-mababang standing ng UST, so motivation namin yung makabawi.”
With the win, UST moves into second place with two wins and two draws for eight points in four games, behind only DLSU, who has three wins and a draw for ten points in four games. NU drops to third place with two wins, one draw, and one loss for seven points, while FEU rounds out the top four with one win, two draws, and one loss for five points.
UP has one win, one draw, and one loss for four points in three games played, and behind them is Ateneo, who has a win and two losses for three points.
Rounding out the Men’s Football standings are UE, with one draw and two losses for one point, and Adamson, who sits at the bottom with three losses.