Quantcast
Latest Stories

No three-peat for UP as Ateneo clinches UAAP men’s football title

By

Ateneo thwarts UP’s three bid on Sunday in the UAAP men’s football tournament. Celest R. Flores/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Apart from bringing the title back to Ateneo, thwarting University of Philippines’ three-peat bid was one of head coach JP Merida’s motivations.

On Sunday, the Blue Booters managed to do both as they dethroned the Maroons, 4-2, in penalties and clinched the UAAP season 75 men’s football title at the Moro Lorenzo Field in Ateneo Campus.

“Hinding hindi namin papayagan na manalo ang UP ng three-peat. Ateneo lang ang pwedeng mag three-peat,” said Merida, a part of that squad which last won three straight from 2004-2006.

It is the Blue Booters’ sixth overall title.

After a scoreless tie in regulation and extra time, Ateneo flourished in the pressure-packed penalty shooutout, taking 3-0 lead before finishing it off.

“Mga players ko ready lang talaga silang sumipa sa penalty. Yung puso at lakas ng loob na sumipa andun,” an ecstatic Merida told the reporters.

Yu Murayama, game one’s savior for Ateneo, coolly found the back of the net in his penalty kick attempt and settled the score.

The Blue Eagles also won 4-3 in penalties last Thursday, with Murayama scoring the equalizer in regulation and the clincher.

Eric Figueroa, Val Calvo, and Mico Mabanag all converted their penalty attempts that left Ateneo needing just one more goal to wrap the game up, while UP misfired on its first two shots.

Evanjames Mendoza sent an ugly weak shot to left of the post, then Reymark Fernandez had his strike deflected by Blue Eagle keeper Nick O’Donnell.

Only Jinggoy Valmayor and Fe Baya made their shots for the Maroons, who ended a two-year reign in men’s football.

Ateneo’s Carlo Liay was named the rookie-of-the-year, Mabanag got the Best Midfielder citation while O’ Donnell won the GoalKeeper of Year and MVP plum.

Jess Melliza of Far Eastern University, unsurprisingly, was the best striker while Grergory Yan of La Salle wound up as the best defender.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


More UAAP news

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Ateneo , Football , Sports , UAAP , UP



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  2. Freddie Roach: I’m satisfied; Manny Pacquiao did well
  3. My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  4. After Pacquiao, BIR chief Henares runs after boxing fans
  5. Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  6. Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  9. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  10. San Miguel Beer clinches 2nd spot after comeback win over Air21
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  5. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  6. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. Pacquiao ‘strong, faster’ for tiff
  9. Bradley to Pacquiao: You better be ready
  10. Pacquiao survives sneaky haymaker in 4th round
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Mayweather surprise visitor to Bradley camp
  5. Bradley won’t last distance– Peñalosa
  6. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  7. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  8. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  9. Tapering off: Pacquiao already at 147 lb
  10. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed

News

  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  • Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing in ferry sinking
  • Sports

  • Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  • Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Business

  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • Marketplace