Ateneo-UP rematch kicks off second round of men's football
Ateneo's Julian Roxas and UP's King Miyagi battle for the ball in their UAAP men's football first round matchup
MATCHES on SUNDAY, MARCH 12 (Rizal Memorial Football Stadium)
3:00 PM - FEU vs. NU (Men's)
5:00 PM - Ateneo vs. UP (Men's)
Round two of the Battle of Katipunan in UAAP Season 79 men's football kicks off the second round of the tournament, as Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines meet once again, Sunday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Ending the round at the top of the standings, Ateneo won their first six matches before being held to a draw by Far Eastern University in their final match of the first round. Making his return to the lineup after being suspended for card accumulation will be sophomore star Jarvey Gayoso, who has been Ateneo's main offensive weapon, in both scoring and playmaking this season.
Finishing the first round in the third spot, defending champions UP had a strong showing in the first half of the season with four wins two draws, and one loss. With their usual suffocating defense, coupled by a more aggressive offense, the Maroons have shown that they're still a force to be reckoned with.
In their first round meeting, Ateneo came away victorious, handing UP their lone loss of the season, courtesy of a goal from rookie Mario Ceniza.
In the earlier matchup of the day, second-seeded Far Eastern University looks to get back to winning when they take on surging National University.
Coming into Season 79 with under new guidance and with a renewed sense of motivation, the former back-to-back champions scored four straight wins and immediately establishing themselves as contenders this season. The Diliman-based squad slowed down a bit towards the end of the first round, figuring in three straight draws, which includes one against Ateneo. Sophomores Rico Andes and Val Jurao have led the way for the Tams this season.
If the Tamaraws ended the first round slowly, the NU Bulldogs caught fire to end their first round campaign, picking up three straight wins, including ones against De La Salle and UST. After losing star striker Paolo Salenga, it looked like the team would have a hard time adjusting, but guys like Lawrence Colina and Patrick Valenzuela have stepped up bigtime, under the tutelage of new head coach Mari Aberasturi.