Yoshioka shines as Ateneo tops UE in Men's Football thriller
Santino Honasan on Mar 17, 2016 07:55 PM
Rookie Mashu Yoshioka (33) scored a brace in the second half to help Ateneo beat UE in an exciting back-and-forth match.
In one of the most exciting matches so far this season, Mashu Yoshioka scored a brace in a span four minutes, while Vincent Roxas found the game-clinching goal to help the Ateneo Blue Eagles survive the UE Red Warriors, 3-2, Thursday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo.
Reminiscent of last Sunday’s back-and-forth affair between UST and UP that ended in a 3-3 draw, Ateneo and UE provided as much drama and excitement, as well as a clear victor.
Still searching for their first win this season, it looked as though the Red Warriors were on their way after Regil Galaura found the back of the net in the 41st minute, with the assist coming from rookie Mar Vincent Diano.
With designated striker and rookie sensation Jarvey Gayoso serving a suspension due to cards, another prized recruit stepped up for the Blue Eagles in the second half, as rookie Yoshioka showcased what he could do and turned the tide in favor of the Ateneans in a span of four minutes, scoring the equalizer in the 62nd minute and then the go-ahead conversion in the 66th minute.
With less than ten minutes left in regulation, rookie Krysler Opena had his first attempt stuffed, but recovered and blasted the ball past Ateneo keeper Ken James for the 84th minute equalizer.
The deadlock wouldn’t even last five minutes though, as a corner from Mikko Mabanag found Julian Roxas, who scored on a well-timed header to put the Eagles back up, 3-2.
Louie Polinag had a golden opportunity to find another equalizer, but his shot was deflected by the left goalpost and securing the win for the blue shirts.
When the final whistle sounded, the heartbroken Red Warriors all fell to their knees after leaving everything out on the pitch only to fall short yet again.
For the Blue Eagles, it was a reason to celebrate, as they earn their second straight win and improve to four wins, four losses, and eleven points this season, but more importantly, the win keeps them in the hunt for another post-season appearance.
Following the match, head coach JP Merida said that he’s happy to finally see the real play of recruit Mashu Yoshioka, who sat out a year due to residency and at time found himself struggling to adjust.
Merida also says that he wanted his boys to start the second round strong to help gather momentum. Safe to say, the Blue Eagles now have a bit of momentum heading into their next match against the Adamson Falcons.
The loss sends UE to one draw and seven losses for the season, keeping them at the bottom of the standings with one point.