SportsUAAP: DLSU Football snatch crucial victories from ADMU, NU
UAAP: DLSU Football snatch crucial victories from ADMU, NU

It was a good day for DLSU Football as the men’s and women’s teams came away with victories last Saturday night at the McKinley Hill Stadium. The women’s team defeated archrival ADMU for their fifth win in as many games, while the men’s team pulled a come-from-behind victory over the NU Bulldogs behind a brace from Greggy Yang and a goal from Nicko Villacin.

 

DLSU Women’s XI vs ADMU Lady Eagles

Despite being primarily on the defensive, La Salle was able to stay at pace with their rivals over time, making runs on goal. On the 23rd minute, La Salle’s Irish Navaja opened the scoring by shooting the ball past the keeper to give the Green-and-White a 1-0 lead.

Immediately after the goal, Ateneo went on the counterattack, hoping to return the favor only to be denied by DLSU goalkeeper Inna Palacios. At the 33-minute mark, La Salle doubled their lead on the counterattack with a goal courtesy of Sara Castañeda, who scored off a rebound. The rookie midfielder now has six goals in five games.

The second half started with both teams on the offensive, with Ateneo trying to get back in the game and La Salle trying to solidify their lead. Both teams had an even amount of time with the ball and both had made good attempts on goal during the opening minutes of the second half.

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On the 70th minute, Ateneo striker Maria Bernardo brought her team back in the game by scoring a goal inside the box to reduce the lead to 2-1. Ateneo was then able to gain momentum as they kept pouring on the attack. This was short-lived as Kyla Inquig’s goal on the 81st minute off a free kick by Shannon Arthur extended DLSU’s lead back to two, 3-1. Inquig now has five goals in as many games for the Green-and-White

“They showed true character,” DLSU head coach Hans Smit said after the game. “I think we can go all the way. We just have to keep the character intact.”

In addition to this, he also commended the performance of his bench saying that they performed well and that they will need to keep it up until the end.

 

DLSU Men’s XI vs. NU Bulldogs

NU drew first blood after being awarded a penalty kick from Noel Brago’s foul inside the box. The penalty shot of NU striker Paolo Salenga went past La Salle goalkeeper Paeng De Guzman and gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead on 17th minute.

La Salle quickly responded by going on the offensive and taking control of possession, putting pressure on the NU defense.

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On the 37th and 40th minute, NU incurred two consecutive yellow cards, with the latter resulting in a La Salle free kick just outside of the box. Yang stepped up to kick and managed to kick the ball past the NU wall and into the top corner to tie the game on the 42nd minute.

NU dominated ball possession in the second half as they created multiple problems for the La Salle defense. Eventually, the Green-and-White defense cracked on the 72nd minute when striker John Macapal broke through to make the score 2-1.

Substitute Jose Montelibano played the ball inside the box and found fellow substitute Nicko Villacin, who shot the ball to the bottom left of the goal to tie the game at 2-2 at the 90+1’ mark.  Three minutes later, La Salle was awarded an indirect free kick after NU goalkeeper Chris Perocho was called for picking up a back pass. Gelo Diamante found Yang, who sent the ball towards the right post to give his team a come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

“We actually kinda forgot how it feels to win,” Yang said after the game. “And now that we’ve got that, we have the feeling again. We definitely don’t wanna lose it this time.”