Adamson stuns De La Salle in UAAP menís football
Ejike Ugwoke, far right, celebrates with his team after scoring the goal for Adamson University against De La Salle University
Adamson University was the only school in to not have any points in the UAAP men’s football tournament. When the final whistle was blown in their match against De La Salle, Sunday morning however, all that changed, as the Falcons scored a massive 1-0 upset over the Green Archers at the FEU FERN football field in FEU Diliman.
Adamson and DLSU battled hard in the first 45-minutes of action, with neither squad giving up any conversions.
Things turned to the Falcons’ favor in the second half however, as rookie Ejike Ugwoke gave Adamson their first goal of the match and the season to move into the driver’s seat.
Looking to avoid back-to-back losses, DLSU began to press the action and inched closer to scoring an equalizer, but would be denied by Adamson keeper Carl Viray.
The Green Archers would get a bit more time pull one back with five minutes added to injury time, but still couldn’t breach the Falcons’ defense, and Adamson ultimately held on for their first win of the season.
“Malaking balita ito, lalo na sa community ng Adamson, nalaman nila na tinalo namin ang La Salle, at the same time sa players namin at sa amin din, tataas siguro ang morale namin.” Adamson head coach Nolan Manito said post match.
“Sa game, kulang talaga kami, pero ang ininiprove ko sa mga players is yung mental nila,” Manito added.
Adamson’s big win over a perennial contender in DLSU is a sign of the constant improvement of the school’s program since coming back to UAAP football. After a fruitless Season 77 that only saw Adamson score one point on a draw in the end of the season, the Falcons scored their first win midway through Season 78. Now, three games in, Adamson earns three big points, and against a powerhouse, no less.
“Third year na namin, so sabi ko sa kanila kailangan ng results.” Manito said.
From floundering at the bottom of the standings, Adamson moves ahead of NU and UE with three points.
De La Salle on the other hand, suffers their second straight loss. The Green Archers sit at one win, one draw, and two losses for four points.