UAAP 78 Football: UP, Ateneo look to continue winning ways
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 05, 2016 02:16 PM
University of the Philippines will be gunning for their fourth straight win in the UAAP Season 78 Men's Football tournament
Matches on Saturday, March 05, 2016 (McKinley Hill Stadium)
4:00 PM – UP vs. NU (Men’s)
7:00 PM – Ateneo vs. UST (Men’s)
Men’s football action in the UAAP continues when the two squads from Katipunan look to continue their winning ways as University of the Philippines tries to pick up their fourth straight win and keep National University stumbling, while Ateneo looks to get a streak going when they take on second-seeded University of Santo Tomas.
After a slow start that saw them go to a draw against FEU and then fall to DLSU, the UP Maroons seem to have finally hit their stride, picking up three consecutive wins against UE, Ateneo, and most recently Adamson. Their recent surge has catapulted them into third place. One interesting stat to take note of is that in five games played, the Maroons have the least goals scored with four, but they’ve also been the best in defending their own, giving up just one goal so far this season.
Looking to test that defense will be NU main scorer in Paolo Salenga, who’ll try to turn things around for the Bulldogs. At one point the top-seeded team in the tournament after picking up two straight wins and then holding defending champions FEU to a draw, the Bulldogs have dropped their last two outings, to UST and most recently to Ateneo. The Bulldogs fell to fifth place after FEU’s win over UE put them back into the playoff picture. A win today however, could put push them up to ten points and tie UP for third.
In what can be described as an up-and-down season so far, the Ateneo Blue Eagles dropped their first two assignments, but have since won two of their last three, most recently sending the NU Bulldogs to a two-game skid. Rookie striker Jarvey Gayoso has been the blue-and-white’s main offensive weapon so far, leading the 6th-place Blue Eagles with four conversions this season.
One of the most impressive teams this season, despite losing their leading scorer last season in Steven Anotado, the UST Growling Tigers are unbeaten this season and are holding on to the second seed. The Tigers have established themselves as legitimate contenders this season after dispatching NU and FEU in their last two outings. A win today would put them up at least one point clear point above the third seed.