UAAP 80 Men's Football: Ateneo, UST try to inch closer men’s football crown

Santino Honasan on Apr 25, 2018 03:22 PM
UAAP 80 Men's Football: Ateneo, UST collide in the semis
Ateneo and UST battle for a spot in the UAAP Season 80 Men's Football Finals

Defending champions Ateneo de Manila University try to move a step closer to back-to-back titles when they take on University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football Semifinals on Thursday, April 26th, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

The Blue Eagles finished in the elimination round with the second seed after tallying 34 points off ten wins, two draws, and two losses.

Third-year striker Jarvey Gayoso has once again paced Ateneo with his offensive excellence, going off for a league-leading 15 made goals, putting him on pace for a third-consecutive Best Striker nod.

Also turning in solid seasons were Koko Gaudiel and sophomore standouts Sam Lim, Enzo Ceniza, and Ryan Haosen.

Ateneo now sets their sights on a third-straight finals appearance. More importantly, a win over UST puts them one step closer to back-to-back championships.

For UST, the semifinals presents another chance at revenge against the Blue Eagles.

In the semifinals of Season 79, the Growling Tigers saw their season come to and end at the hands of Ateneo.

This season however, UST boasts a more offensively potent squad with the return of striker Stephen Anotado, who’s already provided a number of big plays, one of them being the deciding goal in a 1-0 win over Ateneo in the first round of the eliminations.

Aside from Anotado, guys like Marvin Bricenio, Dexter Benecio, and the Busmion brothers Darwin and Dionisio had helped anchor the Growling Tigers to a 25-point season, finishing with seven wins, four draws, and three losses.

UST hopes to make it back to the finals for the first time since they finished as runners-up in Season 74. 

Kick off between Ateneo and UST is at 2:00 PM.

You can catch the exciting UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football action LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166, LIGA channel 86, LIGA HD channel 183, and on LIVESTREAMING

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