UAAP 81 Football: Adamson grabs first win against undermanned UP

Santino Honasan on Mar 21, 2019 04:13 PM
UAAP 81 Football: Adamson grabs first win against UP
Allen Lozano scores twice to power Adamson over defending champions UP to earn their first win of the UAAP Season 81 Men's football Tournament.

Adamson University finally captured their first win of the season, defeating an undermanned University of the Philippines side, 2-1, in the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Tournament, Thursday afternoon at the FEU Diliman Football Field in Quezon City. 

The defending champion Fighting Maroons without the services of six key players in Miggy Clarino, JB Borlongan, Ray Sanciangco, Christian Lapas, Kyle Magdato and Daniel Saavedra due to their participation in the U-23 National Team competeting in the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers. 

Still, UP managed to draw first blood off a conversion from star striker King Miyagi in the 33rd minute. 

In the second half, it was the Soaring Falcons who found their touch, as Allen Lozano found the back of the net off a well-placed cross from Bryce Rabino in the 61st minute to tie things up at one goal apiece. 

Now back in the match, the Falcons began to control possession and their aggression paid off as seven minutes later, Lozano would complete the brace as he scored the go-ahead goal via a strike from the right side of the box. 

 Playing with a sense of urgency for the rest of the match, UP pushed their offense but ultimately could not find their own equalizer, as Adamson held on for their first win of the season. 

"Talagang tinrabaho ng team yung game, to get the three points, and I think nakatulong yung last game namin against FEU, talagang tumaas yung morale," said first-year Adamson head coach Arvin Soliman. 

"Talagang binigay nila lahat, makikita niyo naman na talagang from the very beginning nung game, talagang buhos talaga yung ginagawa nila," he added. 

With the win, Adamson improves to seven points off one win, four draws and two losses. 

UP, who saw their first win forfieted due to a 'procedural issue' dropped to two wins, one draw, and four losses for seven points to end the first round. 

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