Thomasian alumni footballers continued to show the way in the second matchday of the University Alumni Football League. The action was non-stop last Sunday, November 4 at the central fields inside the Manila Jockey Club racetrack at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
UST won three of their five assignments against UP on Sunday to remain atop the overall standings. Behind them are Ateneo, who lost their series on the day against DLSU, with only one win from five matches, but remain in second place.
San Beda, the fifth school in this competition, had the day off.
The day began with the 40-47 age group, with UST downing UP 3-1 thanks to goals by Papap Bayona, Martin Abay, and Benj Anicete. Yael Ledesma was the lone scorer for State U.
In the other match Ateneo dominated La Salle 4-1. Jericho Adriano struck yet again for the Blue Eagles early, which was negated by a score from USLS standout Ian Treyes.
Jonji Castañeda then struck at the half-hour mark to restore the lead. Then in the second half Blue Eagles Sammy Tang and Blue Avelino found the back of the net to complete the scoring.
The 31 to 39 age group matches were both tight, with UST eking out a slim 1-0 victory over UP. The diminutive Mar Mungcal was on target in the 58th minute for the only score of the game.
Ateneo and La Salle produced an entertaining 3-3 draw in this age group. La Salle’s Tating Pasilan was on fire once again with a stunning hat trick, one goal less than the four he scored two weeks ago against UST.
But Matt Jaucian also scored for Ateneo in the first half, and current Blue Eagles head coach JP Merida saved the point for the Ateneans with a brace, including a goal eleven minutes from time.
The 21-30 age group saw UP trip UST 3-1 with a double from former UAAP MVP Step Permanes. Jinggoy Valmayor, who played for Global Cebu in the recently concluded PFL season, also got on the scoresheet with a trademark rocket from outside the box. Nic Palacio’s goal at the hour mark was UST’s only score.
In the other match of the category DLSU mastered Ateneo 3-2 in a see-saw affair.
La Sallian Mateo Yuhico struck from an acute angle in the fifth minute. But Ateneo were level just after half time with a goal from an unlikely source: Jose Montelibano. The gangly striker played his university football in Taft but went to grade school in Ateneo. For this event he chose the blue side and made his La Sallian school mates suffer with a fine individual goal.
Just before the half-hour Javi Coscolluela restored the lead for DLSU with a first-time strike from the right flank. Nine minutes later Atenean Yu Murayama leveled with a perfect penalty kick that froze La Sallian keeper Cedric Hodreal.
Twelve minutes from time former DLSU skipper Nace Gonzales settled matters with a fine game-winner from distance.
In the women’s open division La Salle came up trumps again, with Sam Bermudez scoring off a Natasha Alquiros cross in the first half. Ateneo tried in vain to equalize but were frustrated by a resolute Lady Archer defense. 1-0 was the final score.
It wasn’t close in the other game as Marianne Narciso found the target twice as the Tigresses overwhelmed UP 4-0. Boting Mondero and Jennizel Cabalan also scored.
The day’s action concluded with the 48 and over category. UP were not to be denied, with Rudy Del Rosario, playing alongside fellow ’91 SEA Games hero Pilo Rosell, scoring a fine goal. Maxi Abad, Raffy Aguila, and Buddy Trinidad also tallied for the Maroons.
In the other game DLSU finished on a high note, with Nich Severino scoring twice as the 48-and-up La Sallians topped ADMU 3-1.
The first of Severino’s goals was an audacious strike from well outside the box. The other DLSU goal, from Gary Gardoce, was also a long-range missile. Ateneo’s only goal was from Mike Fernandez.
But making a case for MOTM honors was La Salle keeper Paul Arcenas, who made two breathtaking flying saves in the second half to help secure the win.
UST is now atop the overall standings with 19 points. Ateneo is breathing down their neck with 16 points, with DLSU in third on 14. UP has 6 points and San Beda 3. It should be noted that the Maroons and Red Lions have played five fewer matches than the other three sides. One team gets a bye on every match day.
The next match day is on November 11, with UP taking on San Beda and Ateneo crossing swords with UST. It will be the turn of the Green Archers to sit on the sidelines on this date.
The inaugural UAFL is presented by Manila Jockey Club and veteran events specialists CAN Sports, with the invaluable assistance of RSA1 Group. The league thanks MJC CEO and President King Reyno and VP for Marketing Eduardo Ramirez de Arellano for their support.
UAFL also thanks Adidas for supplying the official match ball, Gatorade the official hydration partner, CNN Philippines the media partner, Animo Magazine, Philamlife, Bootcamp, and Belle and Dragon.
Special thanks also to the broadcast partners, Gametime TV Ch 109 and the San Lazaro Broadcast Network, who showed the matches live on Cignal TV and on YouTube.
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