La Salle tries to bounce back vs. UP, FEU and UST clash
Santino Honasan on Mar 19, 2016 12:42 PM
The second round of UAAP Season 78 Men's football heats up as DLSU looks to bounce back against UP, while FEU meets league-leading UST
Matches on Saturday (McKinley Hill Stadium)
3:00 PM – UP vs. DLSU (Men’s)
5:30 PM – UST vs. UP (Women’s)
8:00 PM – FEU vs. UST (Men’s)
De La Salle University will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they take on league leading University of Santo Tomas, while surging Far Eastern University and league-leading University of Santo Tomas go head to head, Saturday afternoon at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig.
The start of the second round wasn’t too kind to the Season 77 runners-up De La Salle after FEU handed them their first loss of the season last Sunday. The Taft-based squad topped the men’s football standings after the first round, posting five wins and two draws for 17 points in the tournament, and looked to stay spotless in the remaining seven games. The defending champion Tamaraws had other plans in mind however, as they managed to avenge their first round loss to the Archers, thanks to a second half goal from rookie sensation Rico Andes.
With the bitter taste of their first loss this year, expect the Green Archers to regroup and try to get back into the win column.
Standing in front of the Archers is another squad that’s looking to get back to winning as well, the UP Fighting Maroons.
The Maroons picked up the pace midway into the first round and put together a winning streak that put them at the top half of the standings. In their last two outings however, they faced the league’s best team so far in UST twice, losing in the first meeting and then figuring in an exciting 3-3 draw in the next match.
The first time that DLSU and UP met this season, the Archers came away with the 1-0 win, courtesy of rookie Jed Diamante.
With the win over DLSU, the FEU Tamaraws have slowly built themselves a three-game winning streak and find themselves seated in third place, pretty good considering that they struggled early in the season. They way that they’re playing now, they’re primed for another return to the post-season.
Unbeaten in eight games, they UST Tigers are no doubt the biggest surprise this season. Currently holding the top spot with six wins and two draws, the Espanya-based booters have reached their one of their goals in claiming the number one spot. Now, they’ll have to work hard to stay there, and the challenges aren’t about to get any easier, starting with a rejuvenated FEU squad.
In their previous meeting, UST took down FEU via a second half conversion from Onyok Busmion.