UAAP 81 Football: DLSU's Shanden Vergara gets long-awaited goals against defending champions UP

Santino Honasan on Mar 07, 2019 02:08 PM
DLSU's Shanden Vergara gets long-awaited goals against UP
DLSU rookie Shanden Vergara (11) scored his first goals of the season against defending champions UP

When the dust clears on this UAAP football season two months from now, much will be said about the crop of rookies that made their debut in Season 81. 

Already, a number of first-year players have made their marks on their respective teams, guys like FEU's prized rookie Gio Pabualan, a former juniors MVP, or the young tandem of Joshua Broce and Ivan Ouano over at NU, or Glen Ramos of UST. 

De La Salle University, who has had quite the up-and-down season after trading losses and wins in their first four matches, knows all about rookies, parading 13 of them in their lineup for Season 81. Arguably the most notable of that batch of first year Green Archers is none other than fomer DLS-Z standout Shanden Vergara. 

It took quite a while for Vergara to get on the board, but in their fifth match of the season, against arguably their toughest test in defending champions University of the Philippines, Vergara announced his arrival. 

The first-year midfielder gave the Green Archers their biggest win of the season, scoring a brace en route to a 2-1 victory. 

What's more, was that both of Vergara's goals were quite noteworthy, the first off a free kick and the second coming off a fantastic high-volley that sailed past the UP keeper. 

It was an impressive outing for the two-time Juniors finalist, but coach Alvin Ocampo says that it was a long time coming. 

"Every rookie contributes eh, each game, first game andun si [Mohammad] Almohjili, yung second game iba yung nagcontribute, ngayon, at least ngayon, ayan na yung goal na hinihintay niya eh." 

"Wala pa siyang goal since the first game eh, so at least now, sabi namin dadating yan, antayin mo lang. Ayaw namin siya pressurin sa goal eh, at least dumating, dumating sa important game ba," Ocampo added. 

For Vergara, finally getting his name on the board in the collegiate level was a pleasant experience, especially after coming away with a big win as well. 

"Masaya, kasi, hindi ko inexpect this kind of game na intense, and I’m really happy to score a couple of goals for my school, kasi mahirap ‘to, mahirap maka-score sa UAAP college level, tapos ganito na level, so masaya, masaya talaga ako," said the San Carlos City native. "I’m thankful to my teammates, and without them, I couldn’t have scored."

"Kakaiba yung feeling. Parang na-shock talaga ako kasi naka-score ako ng goal, yun nga, medyo unbelievable yung goal, so masayang-masaya talaga ako sa goals, and without God, I would not have scored," he added. 

While indeed Vergara had been searching for his first conversion since the start of the season, for him it's not about being on top of the list of the season's leading goal scorers. 

Rather, it's about doing what is needed for the team to succeed. 

"I’m not really after that, the top scoring chart, I’m after for my team to win and to get the results, to achieve the team’s objectives, and then it’s really hard to score goals like this, because it’s been so far, I haven’t scored a goal yet, and then today, I’m happy that was able to score twice."

The 19-year old emphasized on how hard it is for a rookie to score on the collegiate level, let alone score a brace, that's why Vergara believes that this will be a source of confidence as he progresses in rookie season. 

"Yes, it will add up and I will be more confident since I’ve scored a goal twice now. I will not be satisfied because there are more games to come. I take this as motivation to keep scoring and to find some space and create some goal for my teammates, not just for myself, but for my teammates as well."

Vergara will have to take their next game off however, after being handed a yellow card late in the match after an altercation with a Fighting Maroon. 

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