UAAP Season 80 Juniors Football: FEU beats DLSZ on penalties for eight straight title
It's a UAAP Juniors football EIGHT-PEAT for the FEU Junior Tamaraws!
The Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws continued their dominance over the UAAP juniors football division after edging out the De La Salle Zobel Junior Archers 4-2 on penalties, Thursday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium to win their eighth straight crown.
Gio Pabualan struck early for the Baby Tams, scoring in the 15th minute with an amazing volley that sailed past DLSZ keeper Enrico Mangaoang.
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Joshua San Diego came up with the equalizer for the Junior Archers however, pulling DLSZ even in the 41st minute.
Neither squad managed to find the back of the net in the second 45-minute period, forcing a 30-minute extension period.
With fatigue taking over and a number of players getting hit with cramps, neither side managed to alter the scoreboards again, sending the match into a deciding penalty shootout.
The Baby Tamaraws built a 3-1 advantage in the penalties, and with the match on the line, Joshua Peña stepped up to give the Junior Archers one more fighting chance, pulling one back and cutting the FEU deficit.
Pabualan would shut the door on any DLSZ comeback however, as the Season 80 Best Striker and season MPV fired his shot straight past the keeper and straight into the back of the net.
The shot sealed the 4-2 win on penalties for FEU, but more importantly it gave the Baby Tamaraws their unmatched eighth-straight UAAP juniors football crown.
“Sobrang blessed po ako kasi sinunod lang namin ang sabi ng coaches namin na dapat strong mentality kahit nakauna kami hindi dapat bibitaw sa dulo.” said Pabualan following the grueling match. “Kahit noong nag-cramp mga teammates ko sa dulo, syempre inisip ko rin na kailangan ko iangat silang lahat.”
Pabualan and skipper Orlan Togores share the distinction of being the only six-time juniors champions in UAAP history.
“Maipagmamalaki namin ito bilang part ng six straight championships. Sobrang blessed namin ni Orlan.”
The Baby Tamaraws have reigned supreme in the juniors division dating back to the 73rd season of the UAAP.