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UA&P Doubleheader on the Final Day of the 3rd UA&P ICFT

Words by Julian Samson 

Last November 11, 2017, marked the final day of the 3rd annual UA&P Futsal Intercollegiate Tournament. Eight teams, including our very own UA&P Men’s Futsal Varsity Team A and Women’s Futsal Varsity, were in action.

Game 1 – UA&P Women’s Futsal Varsity vs. UA&P Alumni (Team One)

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1st Half

It was a battle for third place between the current and former Dragons. Kick-off started at around 8:30 in the morning. Both teams were off to a shaky start as they kept committing errors which led the ball out of bounds numerous times. After some time, the UA&P Alumni were able to get two shots on the target but it was saved by Charles Ignacio who played her first stint as a goalkeeper for the first half because of line-up problems. With the score at 0-0, Coach Chris called time out to refresh his players. Shortly after the break, a pass by Van Mendoza led to a near goal by Pau Piedad which missed the bar by an inch. Minutes after, it was Van Mendoza who attempted a goal which was on target but was saved by the goalkeeper. There were numerous corners by both teams, but excellent defense from both sides kept the score at 0-0.

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2nd Half

The second half started with a violation by the UA&P Alumni which led to a free kick by Ariadne Umali which almost hit the target. After some time, there were numerous goal attempts by the UA&P Alumni; however, Summer Banzon, the varsity’s goalkeeper kept saving and blocking the ball. With the same intensity of defense like the first half, full time concluded with a score of 0-0.

Overtime 1

Overtime commenced with both teams struggling to advance the ball to their side. However, the UA&P Alumni were able to slip past through the Women’s Varsity’s defense and was able to get a shot off which just passed the upper bar by an inch. After almost hitting a goal, the UA&P Alumni continued their aggressive attack. After some time, the alumni were able to get a shot off going to the target. However, it was blocked by Charles Ignacio with her right foot. One overtime was not enough as the round concluded 0-0.

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Overtime 2

With the great plays by the UA&P Alumni in the first overtime, they were the more confident team heading into the second. Minutes after the break, the UA&P Alumni were able to get a shot off which went into the target! With the score of 0-1, the Women’s Varsity were eager to get a goal for their own. With time on their side, the UA&P Alumni were able to breeze through the game and find another opening. The UA&P Alumni were able to take advantage of the opening and struck another goal to the net. With little time left and being down by two, the Women’s Varsity played with what they had left in the tank and was hoping to trim the lead down. Unfortunately for the current Dragons, luck was not on their side as the UA&P Alumni were able to get another shot off which hit the net! The game finally ended with a score 3-nil in favor of the former Dragons.

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Final Score: UA&P Women’s Futsal Varsity 0 – 3 UA&P Alumni

Game 2 – UA&P Men’s Futsal Varsity Team A vs. Rizal Technological University

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1st Half

Once again, the UA&P Men’s Futsal Varsity Team A had a chance to give honor to the university as they play their way into the top 3 of this year’s tournament. Three minutes into the game, UA&P’s Coby Daez (#17) opened the scoreboard with a quick goal. With UA&P being up 1-0 early in the game, the crowd was hyped up! Coby Daez was all around the playing field running up and down trying to increase the lead. Minutes after getting their first goal, Dominic Ganas (#8) was able to slip past through RTU’s defense and struck the ball which hit the left side of the net giving UA&P a bigger edge on the scoreboard. UA&P was just too much for RTU as the Men’s Varsity went on transition which led to Franco Gaite (#19) passing the ball to Coby Daez for another successful goal. Being up 3-0, the Men’s Varsity slowed down a bit. Knowing that, RTU took the advantage and went on an aggressive attack of their own. RTU was able to get numerous goal attempts and free kicks. Fortunately for the Dragons, none of those attempts made it into the target. With half time nearly ending, the Men’s Varsity was not done scoring as Coby Daez struck another goal to the net giving him his hat trick. Half time ended in favor of the host school with a score of 4-0.

2nd Half

Minutes into the second half, RTU was able to get a goal which gave them a chance to turn the tide around into their favor. However, Coby Daez would not let that happen as he shot the ball which the goalkeeper was able to deflect with a dive that led to a loose ball. Coby Daez, with no one around then easily hit the loose ball to the target giving him his fourth goal! Great defense from both teams kept the scoreboard 5-1 for a long time. RTU was finally able to break through UA&P’s defense and get another goal despite Nikko Alquiros’ dive to save it. With little time left in regulation, possession of the ball went back and forth between the two teams until the final buzzer.

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Final Score: UA&P Men’s Futsal Varsity Team A 5 – 2 Rizal Technological University  

This year’s tournament may not be UA&P’s best finish but claiming the bronze medal shows that UA&P is still indeed one of the best college futsal teams in the country.

Erratum: In the description stated in the first half of UA&P Men’s Futsal game,  it incorrectly stated that it was the first time of the Men’s Futsal Team to not make it in the finals. In fact, it wasn’t their first time because they didn’t made it to the finals during the 1st ICFT.

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