NU, Ateneo look to continue surge against struggling teams
Santino Honasan on Mar 20, 2016 11:21 AM
Paolo Salenga (L) and Mashu Yoshioka (R) will try to help keep their teams in the hunt for a Final Four appearance
Matches on Sunday, March 20 (McKinley Hill)
3:00 PM – UE vs. NU (Men’s)
5:00 PM – FEU vs. Ateneo (Women’s)
8:00 PM – Ateneo vs. Adamson (Men’s)
It’s the last matchday before the Holy Week break, and two teams fighting for Final Four spots take on a couple of struggling teams as National University meets University of the East, and Ateneo takes on Adamson, Sunday at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig.
After finishing at fifth last season, just a few points short of a Final Four berth, the NU Bulldogs are in an all too familiar situation again now, as they’re in fifth place and are again fighting for a trip to the post season. They head into their matchup against UE with loads of momentum after their 7-0 demolition of Adamson in their previous outing.
UE on the other hand, has had more than their fair share of heartbreaks this season, none greater than their most recent outing against Ateneo, where they had a chance to beat the Blue Eagles, or at least hold them to a draw, but a late goal from Julian Roxas blew all of that away. They try to bounce back against a motivated NU Bulldogs squad.
In their first round meeting, NU took down UE, 4-0, which included a brace from Nico Macapal.
Also trying to fight their way back into the Final Four are the Ateneo Blue Eagles, who are currently riding a two-game winning streak. Currently just behind the NU Bulldogs, Ateneo is coming off an exciting 3-2 win over UE in arguably one of the best games of the season.
Still young and with tons of room to grow, the Adamson Falcons have shown their talent in this already historic season. And with the heart that they’ve displayed in all of their games, the Falcons will surely be looking to bounce back from their recent loss.
In their first round meeting, Ateneo defeated Adamson, 4-0 via goals from Mikko Mabanag, Jeremiah Rocha, Jarvey Gayoso, and Mashu Yoshioka.
In the women’s division, the Ateneo Lady Eagles take on defending champions Far Eastern University.