For Rogie: UP books trip to the Finals
Mark Escarlote on Apr 28, 2016 06:48 PM
Sana nandito siya ngayon, a very good moment and very happy moment na sana we share with him. But heís always with us in spirit -- UP coach Anto Gonzales
The University of the Philippines booters continued to honor former player Rogie Maglinas, who died early this year, as the Fighting Maroons booked a ticket to the Finals with an inspired 3-0 win over University of Sto. Tomas Thursday in the 78th UAAP men’s football knockout semifinals at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Drawing inspiration in their promise to win it all for Maglinas, passed away last February after months of battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the muscle and soft tissues, the Maroons returned in the championship round after falling short of making it to the last stage in Season 77.
“Kapag tinatanong ninyo ako about Rogie (nagiging emotional ako). The whole season he’s always in our heads. The players dedicated every game to him,” said UP head coach Anto Gonzales.
Daniel Gadia orchestrated the two early goals of the Diliman-based squad, dishing out a perfect assist to Kyle Magdato in the 22nd minute to break the ice before paving the way for rookie King Miyagi to slot his 37th minute goal.
Raphael Resuma capped the match with an unchallenged goal that found the back of the net in the 1st minute of added time.
It was a bitter-sweet moment for UP as Gonzales, who was holding back his tears, honored his former ward with the team’s seventh straight clean sheet outing.
“Sana nandito siya ngayon, a very good moment and very happy moment na sana we share with him. But he’s always with us in spirit,” he said.
UP will face either De La Salle or Ateneo de Manila, playing as of posting time, for the crown.
It was an painful loss for UST as the Tigers ended up at fourth place for a contribution of eight points in their defense of the general championship title, which DLSU virtually regained with the school still having teams playing in the women's football (Finals) and women's volleyball (Finals).
As of posting, UST leads DLSU 278-247 in the general championship race. But DLSU can still gain a minimum of 34 points in their three remaining sports.
The winner-take-all Finals is on May 5.
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