Reigning UAAP women’s football champion De La Salle University secured their third straight UAAP Football Finals appearance in a virtue of a goalless draw against Far Eastern University last March 17 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
The Lady Tamaraws led by Jovelle Sudaria had patiently tried to pressure the La Salle defense to conceive a goal but still, the Lady Archers stayed solid in their defense in the goal line and inside the box for the whole of the match to secure a championship date against UST.
“(The players) have more heart. That shows the true character. Nevertheless, I mean position-wise, no one’s playing their real position in the first eleven,” said La Salle head coach Hans-Peter Smit via Tiebreaker Times. “From the 11 that’s playing, there are at least four who are not playing in their positions.
The date of the championship game between DLSU and UST will be announced at the later date.
UST, on the other hand, had put on a clinic against Ateneo last March 14 in a 6-1 win to end the elimination round campaign.
MJ Indac and Hazel Lustan led the Lady Booters with two goals apiece with Indac finding the back of the net at 44th and 68th minute while Lustan registered her own at 64th and 67th minute.
Charisa Lemoran also submitted her own goal at the 39th minute and Shela Cadag also had one at the 48th minute.
Ateneo meanwhile saved some pride with Pauline Villaflor nailed a goal at the 54th minute for the Lady Eagles. They also ended their season on a bright note courtesy of a 1-0 win over the University of the Philippines last March 17 with Nona Amoncio tallied a goal at the 80th minute.
”Sinabi ko naman talaga sa mga bata na part ito ng preparation for the Finals,” said UST head coach Priscila Rubio via Tiebreaker Times. “Kung anong kailangan namin i-improve at kailangan namin makita sa laro namin pagdating ng finals, i-try na namin gawin ngayon para pagdating ng finals ma-expect namin na makapag-perform kami nang maayos.”
UST finished the elimination round on top of the standings with 19 points, followed by DLSU at 16 points. FEU ended at third with 13 points. Ateneo registered eight points for the fourth place finish. UP ended the season with zero points.
Meanwhile, in the UAAP men’s football, the University of the Philippines once again is back in the Final Four for the eighth straight year in a virtue of a 2-0 win over National University last March 18 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
JB Borlongan first put the Fighting Maroons on the scoreboard in the 86th minute followed by King Miyagi in the 87th minute, thanks to Daniel Saavedra cross to nail his own goal.
“I was affirming what they’re doing because they are doing well; to keep it up and the goals, [they] will come, ” said UP head coach Anto Gonzales via Tiebreaker Times on the performance of his team.
The Fighting Maroons remained on top of the men’s football standings with 26 points.
Ateneo, on the other hand, occupied the second spot with 25 points after picking two victories against Adamson (4-0) and UST (2-0).
La Salle had 16 points, good for the third place. Following closely is UST in the fourth spot with 15 points. The team had a bad week after settling with a 2-2 draw against FEU last March 15 and absorbed a defeat in the hands of the Blue Eagles.
National University is still on the hunt for the Final Four slot as they tallied 13 points. The University of the East is also still in the mix for the Final Four race with 10 points. Far Eastern University and Adamson University are still the cellar-dwellers in the standings with eight and zero points respectively.
Actions continue in the men’s division on March 22 with a triple-header as Adamson takes UST at 8 AM. In the afternoon fixtures, NU will take UE at 2 PM while La Salle and UP collide at 4 PM. The afternoon matches will be live at S+A channel 23.