UAAP 82: NU, Ateneo open Juniors' Football season with victories
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 06, 2020 10:08 AM
(Photo courtesy of the UAAP)Last year's runner-up National University-Nazareth School and season-host Ateneo High School edged out their respective opponents to take opening day wins in the UAAP Season 82 Juniors Football tournament, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Bullpups, who are just in their third year in the league, opened their campaign with a thrilling 1-0 victory over De La Salle-Zobel.
Reuben Liansing slotted a clearance off defender Deo Tano from their own half in the 48th-minute to put NU ahead.
Despite several chances from both sides, the scoreline remained at nil-all at the end of the first period, but all that changed with a defensive stand from the Bullpups at the start of the second half.
The Blue Eaglets, on the other hand, secured their first win with a 1-0 triumph over University of Santo Tomas.
Austin Basconcillo capitalized on a goal-mouth scramble and tapped the ball into the back of the net just four minutes into the match.
The Junior Golden Booters almost plucked a late equalizer on a free kick in added time. However, RJ Jarandillo's shot was parried by Ateneo keeper Artuz Cesar away to safety.
Reigning nine-time champions Far Eastern University will take on UST on Wednesday, January 8 at 1:30pm while NU and Ateneo will face each other for the early lead later that day at 4:00pm. Games will still be held at the same venue.