UAAP Football: FEU's Andes unfazed by torn MCL as he completes hat-trick

Philip Matel on Feb 22, 2018 08:23 PM
FEU's Andes unfazed by torn MCL as he scores hat-trick
Now that the Tamaraws finally got a win to their name, all they hope that everything comes up good in order to make another run at the Final Four.

As FEU won their first game of the season in decisive fashion against the winless Adamson Falcons, scoring seven goals towards the first line in the win column, forward Rico Andes was at the forefront, completing the first hat-trick of the season.

Andes scored in the 41st off a through ball fired by teammate Dominique Canonigo from the right flank, nailed an uncontested goal in the 79th, and completing the feat in the 88th minute of action.

He did it all for the FEU Tamaraws -- all with a torn medial collateral ligament.

Yes, Andes was not meant to even play for the Tamaraws since he had issues with his knee, but since they only had 16 players in the lineup, he decided to suit up, and risk his whole playing year, just to help give FEU its first win of the season.

"Actually, injured kasi talaga ako ngayon. Hindi sana talaga ako paglalaruin. Pinilit ko na lang kasi alam nyo naman 16 player-lineup lang kami, so kailangan talaga maglaro kayo."

On baring details about his knee injury, he revealed that his injury was not as severe as it sounds, but of course, the risk of playing through it was a 50-50 chance of getting through the next game -- or worse, missing the entire season,

Now that the Tamaraws finally got a win to their name, all they hope that everything comes up good in order to make another run at the Final Four.

"Sobrang importante talaga na makuha namin ang panalo, kasi ang hinahabol talaga namin makaabot ng final four. Yung team namin ngayon, maraming veterans na nawala, malaking adjustment para sa lahat."

The third-year Andes lamented that the team, which lost many veterans who had already exhausted their playing years, had a difficult time in the transition phase, especially in preparing for the season.

However, he was thankful that the tumultuous offseason had already come past the team, and his teammates are already looking at the bigger picture.

"Ang ginagawa namin adjustment ay disiplina para sa sarili namin. Noong first sem, para talaga kaming nagkawatak-watak, hindi masyado nag-focus. Noong second sem, parang nabago naman. "

With the team waiting for the return of Arnel Amita by the second round, Andes hopes that the midfielder's fighter mentality will become infectious among the team.

"Malaking bagay si Nano kasi siya yung tipo ng player na kahit may injury, fighter kasi siya eh. Lumalaban. Yun ang magpapa-up para sa team namin. "

With such a hot scoring display like they showed in the game, Andes does not expect the team to do it every game, but hopes that his teammates become more careful when being given the opportunity to score.

"Para sa amin, malaking challenge na maipanalo pa ang mga susunod na laro kasi napaka-importante talaga nito sa amin para makapasok sa final four. Kailangan talaga namin mas ma-convert ang mga chances namin," Andes added.

"Ang mga kailangan namin i-shoot, i-shoot namin ang goal. Kahit anong ball possession naman hindi kami mananalo pag walang goal."

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