UAAP 81 Football: UST storms back to defeat UE in high-scoring affair
Santino Honasan on Mar 10, 2019 12:02 PM
Conrado Dimacali (7) scored the game-winning goal for University of Santo Tomas
University of Santo Tomas finally scored their elusive second win after coming back from a goal down to defeat University of the East, 3-2, Sunday morning at the FEU Diliman Football Field in Quezon City.
After a strong opening day showing wherein they blasted De La Salle University, 3-1, the Growling Tigers went on a bit of a slump, drawing their next two matches, and then losing to Ateneo de Manila, 5-0, last Thursday.
Early on against UE, it appeared as if the España-based side was headed for disaster once again, as they gave up an early goal to the Red Warriors, courtesy of Krysler Opeña in the tenth minute.
Looking to avoid a second-consecutive defeat, UST clawed back and took the lead in the second half, thanks to a pair of conversions from striker Steven Anotado in the 60th and 64th minute.
It didn't take long for the Red Warriors to respond and find an equalizer of their own, with Mason Vergara scoring in the 71st minute.
Conrado Dimacali Jr, who missed the last game with a contusion in his right knee, proved to be the difference-maker, as he fired the go-ahead goal in the 82nd minute to seal the victory for the Growling Tigers.
"Happy kami kasi three points yung nakuha namin, kahit na nag-concede kami ng goals, since elimination round, ang focus namin is points eh," said UST head coach Marjo Allado. "Sana ma-maintain namin yung possession football na ganito."
Allado also highlighted the performance of his strikers Anotado and Dimacali.
"Nandiyan na ulit si Dimacali, so mayroon na kaming leader na naman sa striker, and yung performance din ni Steven na naka-two goals, malaking bagay para sa amin yun eh."
With the win, UST improves to nine points on two wins, two draws, and one loss, currently tied with DLSU.
UE meanwhile, slips to two wins, two draws, and two losses for seven points, good for fourth place in the standings.