UAAP 80 Men's Football: UP's Ian Clarino has nothing but respect for UST
"Kasi former school ko UST, to respect lang talaga UST, dahil inalagaan nila ako, tinulungan nila yung family ko sa scholarship, so ayoko talaga mag-celebrate to give respect talaga, so tinaas ko lang talaga kamay ko." - Ian Clarino on his goal against UST
Not really known for his scoring, University of the Philippines defender and team captain Ian Clarino scored possibly the biggest goal in the last match of his UAAP career, Thursday afternoon.
Clarino caught a free kick from teammate JB Borlongan and volleyed it into straight into the back of the net for the 1-0 advantage.
The goal proved to be the difference as UP defeated University of Santo Tomas to capture the UAAP Season 80 Men's Football championship, their second title in the last three seasons and their 18th overall
"In-expect kasi nila na second post lagi ako dumadaan, and I know JB, lagi siyang nag-papractice sa spot na yun sa free kick, sa training, eh alam ko near post siya, tinry ko lang na mag-move dun just in case na ma-chambahan ko. Ayun, luckily, [thanks] kay God, ayun, gumoal." Clarino said of the championship-winning conversion.
A goal of that magnitude, on the biggest stage of the season, would usually prompt a massive celebration, with the goal scorer running around in jubliation and playing to the crowd.
It wasn't the case for the graduating Clarino, however.
After tapping the goal in, Clarino ran to the side, stopped, and put his hands up as his teammates rushed towards him to celebrate.
He explains that it was a show of respect for UST. Before donning UP's Maroon and Green, Clarino wore UST's Gold.
"Kasi former school ko UST, to respect lang talaga UST, dahil inalagaan nila ako, tinulungan nila yung family ko sa scholarship, so ayoko talaga mag-celebrate to give respect talaga, so tinaas ko lang talaga kamay ko."
A definite show of class for Clarino, who played high school football for the Tiger Cubs before transferring to UP for college.
The UP versus UST season finale proved to be a family affair for the Clarinos, as four of Ian's older siblings played collegiate football for UST, including former Tigers great OJ and Gino, who was on the pitch for UST as well, Thursday.
On the Maroon side, Ian had two siblings as well, in Kuya Popoy, who serves as an assistant coach for UP, and younger brother Miggy, who also plays for the Maroons.
"Nag-thank you talaga ako sa [Kuya Gino] ko, sabi ko sobrang thankful ako na ikaw pa yung last na nakasama ko sa season nating dalawa, kasama si Coach and Miggy, tapos nandito pa yung family ko rin, so another chapter sa bonding namin sa family."
"Sa family ko, nakakatawa sila, UST Pride kasi sila, so asaran na lang sa bahay. Pero I know siyempre may pride sila sa sarili nila and family ko yan, understandable na lang." Ian added.
At the end of the day however, Ian says that it was, more than anything, about showing respect for a school that he holds dear to his heart as well.
"Sa UST talaga, no regrets din ako na pumunta dun, andami kong natututunan dun talaga, unity, yung natutunan ko sa UST."