This appears in the Monday January 24, 2011 edition of the Business Mirror.
Ateneo stuns FEU for a draw; UP wins 3rd straight
by rick olivares
The Ateneo de Manila Blue Booters scored an 86th minute goal to forge a 1-1 draw with defending champion FEU yesterday at the Season 73 UAAP Men’s Football Tournament as the home team’s football field in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Ateneo salvaged a draw despite being down to 10 players after team captain Mario Marcelo was sent off with a red card following a punching foul on FEU striker Jesus Melliza following a scramble for the ball right before the midfield line. Marcelo will be suspended for two matches.
It was a sorry ending for the Tamaraws who were well on their way to picking up their first win of the season after an early season loss and draw. Team captain and former national player Ronnie Aguisanda scored on a fee kick that found a crack through the Ateneo wall in the 28th minute.
With all seemingly lost for Ateneo, midfielder Gab Siojo’s volley bounced off FEU keeper Leoben Wayco and the ball hit Blue Booter Caesario Kapunan for the equalizer.
FEU had several chances to pull out a win but Aguisanda and Melliza saw two of their shots hitting the goalposts.
In the first of the day’s triple header, UE and De La Salle finished with a scoreless tie while in the main game, front-running UP pounced on a mistake by UST’s defense to score a stunning 1-nil win.
With UST dominating possession and on scoring chances, UP scored on a quick counter attack when Nathan Octavio sent a long cross into the box that evaded Nick Palacio. The ball fell right in front of UP’s rookie striker Jinggoy Valmayor who tapped in the ball in the 67th minute for the goal that was his third of the season.
UP head coach Anto Gonzales thrown out in the 49th minute for excessive complaining to the referee. Because of the send-off, Gonzales will be suspended for one match.
The win gave UP nine full points in three matches to seize the lead in the tournament. La Salle is in second with five points, UE is at third with three points, FEU and UST are tied at fourth with two points each while Ateneo is at the bottom with 1point.