Ate­neo stays per­fect, slips past La Salle

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JAVIER GAYOSO de­liv­ered the mar­ginal goal for Ate­neo de Manila Univer­sity as the Blue Ea­gles notched a 1-0 win over archri­val De La Salle Univer­sity on Thurs­day in Sea­son 79 Univer­sity Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (UAAP) men’s foot­ball tour­na­ment at the Moro Lorenzo Field.

The sopho­more striker struck the win­ning goal in the 36th minute in­side the penalty box as Ate­neo’s de­fense frus­trated the Green Archers’ bid to set­tle for a draw in the se­cond half.

The win was fourth straight in as many games for the Blue Ea­gles, who tight­ened their grip of the top spot with 12 points.

It was the Green Archers’ first loss af­ter a draw and a win in their first two as­sign­ments.

La Salle tried valiantly to equal­ize and got its best chance when mid­fielder Yoshi­haru Koizumi hit a free kick that failed to find the back of the net.

In the other game, John de Cas­tro pro­vided the much-needed lift for the slump­ing Univer­sity of Santo To­mas (UST) as the Tigers scored a 2-1 vic­tory against Univer­sity of the East (UE).

De Cas­tro got his chance from deep in­side their foes’ ter­ri­tory in the 53rd minute that proved to be the mar­ginal goal as UST barged into the win col­umn af­ter los­ing its first two games.

“Well, I hope that even if we won this game, the play­ers will keep work­ing to be bet­ter. I hope the play­ers’ spirit and con­fi­dence come back af­ter this game,” UST head coach Marjo Al­lado told re­porters af­ter the game.

“My play­ers are still af­fected with our losses in our first two games so dur­ing half­time, I re­minded the play­ers that they should fo­cus in the last 45 min­utes,” he added.

The Red War­riors drew the first blood when Jo Mallen scored a goal in the 11th minute.

But the Growl­ing Tigers fought back and AJ Pa­sion net­ted the equal­izer three min­utes be­fore the break.

“The first goal of UE was a tac­ti­cal er­ror on our part be­cause there was no mark­ing on the player in our back line. But luck­ily, we equal­ized but we still have a lot to im­prove on,” Al­lado said.

“I think we need more ag­gres­sive­ness be­cause as you can see, dur­ing the first half, we just played in the same pace as UE. We did not play foot­ball and we just re­leased many chances and that is not how UST plays,” he con­cluded.

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