UAAP 81 Football: Carl Viray, Adamson fully focused on winning
Santino Honasan on Feb 21, 2019 01:59 PM
Team Captain Carl Viray says the Adamson Men's Football Team is focused on winning this season
The Adamson University men's football program has long struggled to produce positive results in the last four UAAP seasons.
Early in Season 81 however, the Soaring Falcons are enjoying the best start they've had, forcing a draw in their first two matches, with their latest against Season 80 runners-up and top contender University of Santo Tomas.
The recent string of newfound success could easily be attributed to new head coach Arvin Soliman, who seems to have ushered in a new era in Adamson football, and Team Captain and starting keeper Carl Viray will be the first to tell you that this change has sparked excitement within the team.
"Unang-una, pag-pasok nung mga bagong coach, very excited [kami] kung anong mga bagong sistema, kung anong program," Viray told ABS-CBN Sports. "Nung nagsimula na yung UAAP, super excited talaga kami nung first game kasi yun nga may bagong sistema, every one of us, alam kung paano patakbuhin yung laro."
Viray added that managing to pull off another comeback draw against a top contender is a huge deal and a massive boost of confidence.
The senior goalkeeper was instrumental in the Soaring Falcons' defensive stand that helped them force UST to a draw.
"Ngayon, since second game namin, another draw coming against a contender team, so happy kami."
Talking about their 1-1 draw against UST Thursday, Viray said that it was a lot about challenging themselves to be able to compete against the best of the best in the tournament.
"Contender sila, so we need to challenge them, challenge na rin sa self namin, na kapag na-talo namin sila, we are contenders also," Viray expressed.
As pivotal as the coaching change is, Viray adds that they simply just want to win, and it has them excited for the new season.
"Excited, super excited talaga kami, kasi naka-set sa utak namin na manalo, manalo. Either 1-0, 3-0, and so on, basta manalo kami."
Viray and is on his final tour of duty for the Soaring Falcons, and so about 3/4 of the rest of the team. He says that they have accepted that their time in the UAAP is coming to a close, but they hope to at least be able to bid their collegiate careers goodbye on a positive note and become the catalyst for change in Adamson football.
"Siguro para sa amin, wala na eh, given na na paalis na kami," Viray said. "Ang hindi given sa amin ay yung matatalo parin kami, so kailangan manalo talaga kami every single game. One at a time, yun yung target namin. May mga lapses man, kailangan bumawi."
"May mga errors or failure man, kailangan bumangon. Naka-mindset talaga namin, sa lahat ng member ng team na manalo, win win win," Viray concluded.