UAAP 82: Rookie Stephen Marasigan powers UST to opening day win in Men’s Football

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 05, 2020 01:11 PM
UAAP 82: UST grabs opening day win in Men’s Football
Rookie Stephen Marasigan scored late in the second half to lead UST to a 1-0 win over NU in the opening day of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Football Tournament (Photo courtesy of the UAAP)

Thanks to late heroics from goalkeeper Ralph Logronio and rookie Stephen Marasigan, University of Santo Tomas secured a 1-0 victory over National University in the UAAP Season 82 Men's Football Tournament, Thursday morning at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

After a nip-and-tick first 80 minutes, the breakthrough goal finally came at the 81st minute when Marasigan, who was brought on as a substitute, delivered an instant impact for Allado’s men as he unleased a fine strike that eventually became the first goal of the season.

“At least kahit papano nakakuha kami ng 1-0, kahit tight siya,” said UST coach Marjo Allado. “Kailangan namin i-organize ulit yung team and then questionable talaga dun yung match fitness."

Both sides went close to breaking the deadlock in the first half. 

The Golden Booters were awarded a freekick right at the edge of the NU box near the end of the period. UST’s Glen Ramos then stepped up to unleash a powerful strike, which ended up getting denied by the goalpost. 

On the other end, in stoppage time, Bulldogs forward Angelo Paring was through on goal but his attempt his the side-netting.

Things then got heated in stoppage time. 

A commotion broke out between the two squads and the Bulldogs were cunning enough to try and take advantage of it via a quick throw-in. Rookie Bryan Ybanez was through on goal, but his attempt was parried away by Logronio’s magnificent stop.

The result gives UST three valuable points to open its campaign while NU has to make do with none. 

Additionally, the Bulldogs can only lament the fact Keivenn Banagodos was sent off after being given two yellow cards.

"Hopefully, this Sunday against Ateneo, it will be much better," said Allado.

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