UAAP Season 80 Men's Football: Late equalizer saves UST against FEU
Santino Honasan on Mar 15, 2018 07:08 PM
A late own goal equalizer helps UST survive FEU
An equalizer late in injury time helped University of Santo Tomas salvage a 2-2 draw against Far Eastern University in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 men's football tournament, Thursday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Looking to score back-to-back wins for just the first time this season, FEU got on the board early courtesy of Gilbert Mendoza Jr., who pounced on a loose ball from a keeper fumble in the 16th minute.
John Alianza kept the Growling Tigers, who were without Steven Anotado and Gino Clarino, in the match before half's end however, as he pulled UST even in the 39th minute of action.
Coming in for striker Rico Andes in the second half, midfielder Arnel Amita once again provided the spark for the Tamaraws as he managed to draw a foul inside the box leading to a penalty kick attempt.
As calmly as ever, Amita blasted the penalty attempt right through UST keeper Zaldy Abraham in the 56th minute for his first UAAP goal in two seasons.
With the result seemingly decided as the match headed into extra time, UST needed just one stroke of luck to alter the outcome, and it came in the form of an own goal from Marole Bungay coming off a Dionisio Busmion free kick.
"Overall naman, at least nag-draw kami sa FEU, because I know FEU will do something in the second round eh. Gagawa at gagawa yan na matatalo nila yung ibang teams." said UST head coach Marjo Allado.
As for the FEU side, coach Bo Bae Park prefers to look at the positives, even after a missed opportunity at three points.
"Still positive, even with draw. We don't lose yet in second round, so I don't need to tell more not positive things. I will tell them more positive things to prepare for Sunday's game."
After the draw, UST moves to four wins, three draws, and two losses for 15 points, while FEU moves to two wins, three draws, and four losses for nine points.