UP booters send DLSU to second straight loss

Santino Honasan on Mar 19, 2016 06:51 PM
UP booters send DLSU to second straight loss
UP defeats DLSU, 2-0 to hand the Green Archers their second straight loss

Feb Baya scored in the first half, while Kintaro Miyagi finished things off in the second to power University of the Philippines past De La Salle University, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig.

Coming off their first loss of the season, the Archers were primed for a bounce-back game, but the Maroons had other things in mind, as their signature stifling defense came into play, helping keep the Taft booters at bay.

In the 35th minute, Patxi Santos’ free kick bounced off the crossbar and was caught by Raphael Resuma, who in turn found Baya for the opening goal and the early advantage for the Maroons.

In danger of losing their second straight, the Green Archers tried to put the pressure on the Maroons in the second half, but still couldn’t find anything on the offensive side.

Instead, it was the Diliman side who found another conversion, courtesy of haltime substitute Miyagi, who beat DLSU keeper Paeng De Guzman and made sure that UP skipper Daniel Gadia’s hand off didn’t go to waste.

Staring at a two-nil deficit, the Green Archers turned things up and tried to get as many shots as they could, including a Javier Romero-Salas rocket that went straight into the hands of Maroons keeper Ace Villanueva

Nothing would come of DLSU’s attempt to get back in the game, as the final whistle sounded, finalizing the UP.

UP scores their first win in four games, and while head coach Anto Gonzales is happy with the way his boys played in the second half, he said it still wasn’t the best game that they’ve played .

Gonzales added that he was quite confident heading into their matchup against DLSU, especially since the Archers have been playing under par in their last two outings prior to today’s match.

“I was pretty confident coming in because we had good preparation, and during our last game against La Salle, I thought we dominated the first half, medyo naubusan lang kami in the second half, but if we were more clinical during that first game, we would’ve won that game,” Gonzales told ABS-CBN Sports after the match. “So coming into this game, I know yung threat na napo-pose ng La Salle, pero I felt that if we played how you’re supposed to play, we would get a good result. “

For the DLSU side, head coach Hans Peter Smit says his team’s current struggles stem from attitude.

“It’s more of attitude. That’s it. I cannot see any other reason.” Smit told ABS-CBN Sports.

UP jumps to four wins, three draws, and two losses for fifteen points, overtaking National Univeristy, while DLSU remains at second with five wins, two draws, and two losses for 17 points. 

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