UNO-R scores injury time goal to knock out UP
by rick olivares
October 28, 2011
In the first semifinals men’s football match between the University of the Philippines and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos at the Villareal Field in Roxas City, Capiz, the Rams scored a goal in stoppage time to send the Fighting Maroons out of the tournament, 2-1.
Midfielder Eron Jareño scored in the first minute of stoppage time to beat the defending UAAP champions 2-1 in a bitterly contested clash. UP head coach Andres Gonzales was sent off by referee Kent Gaboyan for excessive complaining after what he thought were a series of poor calls that went against his team.
Maroons’ rookie Gabe Mendoza scored in the ninth minute but UNO-R equalized in the second half after a 69th minute goal by Abelardo Solinas.
In injury time, the Rams had a corner kick that UP keeper Penn Custodio punched out of the way only to see it fall in front of UNO-R’s Jareño who scored the game winner.
The match was UP’s second loss of the tournament following a shock 3-0 defeat to Dipolog Medical Memorial Center to close out group play. The Maroons beat the College of St. Benilde Blazers 2-1 in their quarterfinals clash while UNO-R outshot Foundation University 7-6 in their own match up.