UAAP Season 80 Men's Football: Jarvey Gayoso responds to 'overrated' chants with two goals and a win

Santino Honasan on Feb 16, 2018 02:33 AM
Gayoso responds to 'overrated' chants with two goals and a W
“They're entitled to their own opinions, and I am here just to prove myself."

At around the fourteenth minute of the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football first round matchup between Ateneo and DLSU, Blue Eagle striker Jarvey Gayoso received a long ball from Julian Roxas, and managed to shake off La Salle defender Nicko Villacin.

For a brief moment, it was only DLSU keeper Paeng De Guzman standing in between Gayoso and a goal…until a speeding Noel Brago managed to slide in and kick the ball away without so much as breaking the Ateneo striker’s stride.

Gayoso had a handful of opportunities on goal prior to Brago’s gem of a defensive stop, and he would have even more as the first half rolled on.

When the halftime whistle went off, it was a 0-0 stalemate between the collegiate rivals.

On separate occasions during the first half, chants of “OVERRATED” broke out in the DLSU side of the crowd, presumably directed at the third-year Ateneo striker.

It was a frustrating first 45 minutes for the league’s reigning MVP, and the DLSU supporters may have had a hand in throwing Gayoso off his game.

The next 45 minutes however, would be a completely different story.

Five minutes into the second frame, Gayoso brushed off three defenders, and from just outside the penalty box, blasted the ball straight into the back of the net.

Sixteen minutes later, Gayoso, who was cutting inside the penalty box, caught a pass from Enzo Ceniza, reset, and in between two DLSU defenders, found the back of the net for the second time in the match.

The stunned DLSU crowd sat in silence as the Blue Eagles built a two-goal advantage, behind the guy they were calling overrated earlier in the match.

And while the DLSU faithful didn’t stay quiet for too long thanks to a late rally from the Green Archers, the chants were gone.

While the Green Archers made it interesting during the final ten minutes of regulation, when the final whistle went off, the scoreline read 2-1, with Ateneo escaping with the hard-fought win.

More than just a big win, it was a statement for Gayoso, who admitted that he did hear the chants directed at him.

“Yes, yes, yes. There were a lot of trash talk.” Gayoso said after the match. “My teammates, and the bench and the coaches were saying that they were calling me overrated.”

“They're entitled to their own opinions, and I am here just to prove myself. For me, it's a personal game. I just wanted to prove to myself, do better for myself, for all those who are supporting me, my family, my friends, my fans, and all the supporters of Ateneo.” Gayoso added.

Rather than let it get to him, the 21-year old would rather take the chants as ‘constructive criticism’, so to say.

“Of course, I also have my mistakes. I also have my improvements. There's a reason why they call me overrated. I know that I have to work on something more.”

In three games this season, Gayoso’s two-goal outing was his best scoring performance so far, and coming against rivals DLSU, the timing couldn’t have been better.

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