UAAP 82: Ateneo scores late, holds UP to draw to begin Men’s Football title defense

Santino Honasan on Mar 05, 2020 07:09 PM
UAAP 82: Ateneo holds UP to draw in Men’s Football
Ateneo and UP battle to a 1-1 draw to open their UAAP Season 82 Men’s Football campaigns (Photo courtesy of the UAAP)

Defending champions Ateneo de Manila got off to a slow start but scored late to hold Katipunan rivals University of the Philippines to a 1-1 to begin their title defense in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Football Tournament, Thursday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. 

The Fighting Maroons were able to control the pace early on and were able to get a number of good opportunities but could not convert. 

In the second half, rookie Francis Tacardon announced his arrival to the UAAP ranks with a crafty goal inside the box to give the Fighting Maroons the lead in the 57th minute. 

With less than 20 minutes left, Ateneo continued to push and eventually got a chance to equalize after UP’s Ray Sanciangco committed a foul inside the box to lead. 

Ateneo captain Niño Herrera calmly sank the penalty in the 83rd minute to tie things up at 1-1. 

Neither side could manage a second goal as the match ended in a draw. 

"I'm happy, even if na UP dictated the first half and even the second half, in the early 15 minutes, pero nakikita ko yung boys na talagang they pushed themselves to give their best nung game," said Ateneo head coach Jaypee Merida. "When we conceded a goal, I think yun yung nag-wake up talaga sa team ko. After we conceded a goal, for me, I think we controlled the last, until the 90th minute."

"Average satisfaction," UP head coach Anto Gonzales said when asked how pleased he was with his team's performance. "I think we achieved our goal of controlling the game, managing the game. Execution-wise, I thought we also did well, but it was that killer mentality of really scoring goals."

Ateneo and UP split points with one point apiece. 

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