UAAP Season 81 Football: Soliman preaches patience as Adamson continues to hunt for elusive first win
Santino Honasan on Mar 19, 2019 03:23 PM
"Sinasabi ko lang sa kanila lagi na pasensya lang, kasi dadating yan. Dadating yang panalo na yan." - Adamson head coach Arvin Soliman
After years of struggles and cellar-dwelling, the Adamson University Men's Football Program is enjoying arguably their best season since returning to the men's football tournament in UAAP Season 77.
While they're still situated at the bottom of the standings, the Soaring Falcons aren't too far behind the pack, with four points in six matches played, with all their points coming off draws.
With eight matches left to play, the Falcons are primed to eclipse their program-best 5 point finish from Season 78.
What's more impressive is that Adamson has managed to remain competitive in a season wherein the standings are as tight as ever.
The marked improvement coincides with the arrival of new head coach Arvin Soliman, who has seemingly brought the Adamson men's football program back to life.
And while Soliman is pleased with what he's seeing, he understands that major changes don't happen overnight, and that everything requires time and work.
"For that, I’m happy, na nakikita ng media, ng mga tao, ng fans na Adamson is now improving, kasi like what I said naman sa players ko, hindi naman isang click, magbabago lahat natin yan, so we need to work on that," he said.
Soliman remains steadfast his belief that how hard you train will reflect on the pitch, and that has definitely rang true for the Soaring Falcons, who already have managed to force four draws this season, more than in any of their previous ones.
Their most recent was arguably their most impressive yet, as they managed to hold the top-seeded Far Eastern University to a 1-1 draw.
"Ang sinasabi ko lang sa kanila, pag mag-training tayo ng hard, yung balik nun sa game, talagang lalabas."
"Unfortunately, hindi pa namin makuha yung three points, madamot pa yung three points eh,"
While it's easy to rave about holding the league's best team to a stalemate, for the Falcons themselves, the goal really isn't about being the best team in getting draws, it's about winning.
Time and time again this season, the Falcons have managed to come close to the maximum points, but it has yet to materialize, and that can wear heavy on a team that's tired of coming up short and hungry to finally succeed.
Soliman however, preaches patience in the process and believes that with continuous effort and hard work, it won't be long before they finally enjoy a W.
"Sinasabi ko lang sa kanila lagi na pasensya lang, kasi dadating yan. Dadating yang panalo na yan."
In one of the more tightly-contested seasons, the Falcons are just six points, or two wins, behind three of the top four teams. A little win streak for the Falcons could easliy vault them up to the Final Four race as well.
But as Soliman said, with all the teams performing well this season, it won't be an easy task, so there will be lots of work to be done.
"Hindi ganun kadali this season because lahat ng teams sa UAAP nagpeperform, so sabi ko sa kanila dadaan tayo sa butas ng karayom."
"Sa lahat ng kakalabanin natin, kailangan trabahuin to get that three points," he continued.