Andes strikes again as FEU hands DLSU first loss of the season

Santino Honasan on Mar 14, 2016 12:56 AM
Andes strikes again as FEU hands DLSU first loss of season
Rookie striker Rico Andes (30) scored his seventh goal of the season to lead FEU past DLSU in UAAP Men's Football action

A second-half goal from rookie Rico Andes was enough for defending champions Far Eastern University to hand De La Salle University their first loss of the UAAP Season 78 Men’s Football tournament, Sunday evening at the McKinley Hill stadium.

After a seemingly uninspired outing against National University, the DLSU Green Archers were back to their usual self, controlling the pace of the first half and getting off a number of attempts, only to see them go wide or over the goal.

The defending champions had no shortage of attempts themselves, but also couldn’t get any to go in as the scoreless stalemate reached the midgame break.

In a match that saw both squads fire off attempt after attempt, it was the resilience of rookie striker Andes that paid off, as the league’s leading scorer added yet another goal – his seventh of the season – to his total, capitalizing off a missed goal and converting on the rebound to give the Tamaraws a 1-0 advantage.

With a lot of time left, the Archers tried to pull out an equalizer and preserve their perfect season, with shots from Nicholas Villacin and Hector Borromeo just missing the mark.

When the final whistle went off, the jubilant Tamaraws celebrated their victory, and the dejected Archers, who suffered their first loss of the season, could only watch in disappointment.

Among all the Taft-based booters, it was keeper Paeng De Guzman who was the most emotional, as he was kneeling on the pitch while teammates came over to console hime.

For match hero Andes though, the conversion was nothing short of sweet.

“Masayang masaya, kasi sa crucial game na ‘yon, ako pa talaga yung naka-score,” Andes told ABS-CBN Sports. “Marami akong mistake kanina, hindi ko na-control masyado yung bola, pero sa huli, ako parin yung naka-score.”

The Tamaraws have now won their last three games and have taken solo third place with 14 points on four wins, two draws, and two losses.

“Sana mag-tuloy tuloy pa ‘tong mga panalo namin hanggang matapos ‘tong round na ‘to.” Andes added.

The loss sends DLSU down to the second spot with 17 points on five wins, two draws, and one loss, and UST moves up to claim the top spot after holding UP to a draw in the previous match. 

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