Maanne Ilagan Lopez

Booters rank 6th in Ang Liga

Blue and Silver October 2006

Booters rank 6th in Ang Liga

Entering the tournament for the first time, the Philippine Christian University (PCU) football team ended its stint in the Ang Liga open tournament placing sixth overall after finishing behind the University of Santo Tomas (UST), San Beda College (SBC), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), the Philippine Army and the Philippine Air Force teams.

Kahit na ganun, I can say na competitive ang mga players natin ngayon. (In spite of thatm I can say that our players are now competitive),” remarked Ravelo Saluria, head football coach.

“The PCU football team had a better fight in this game compared to the previous ones, although they did not make it to the finals.”

The Dolphin booters had a dismal performance in the first round, winning only once against the Mendiola Football Club, ehile racking up the losses against tournament heavyweights SBC, Philippine Army, Air Force, UST and the Senior National Team.

A string of easy wins lifted the Dolphins’ spirits up in the second round, where they ended their campaign with 4 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw.

The Saluria-mentored squad managed to edge out teams from the College of Saint Benilde (CSB), Mendiola Football Club and the University of the East (UE).

Bretaña led the booters against the CSB, scoring the only goal to defeat the Blazers at 1-0 last September 8 at the UST football field.

He repeated the performance in a face-off with the UE football team, leading the Dolphins to score 2-1 last September 16 at the San Beda football field.

For most of their pinch in the tournament, the PCU booters were not contenders for the championship.

Timothy Clement, rookie, said the team still lack character. “It’s incomplete. The team is lacking in character.”

“But 6th place is not bad considering the opponents were the top teams.”

The open tournament was participated by 12 teams in the first round, headlined by the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) booters AMU, UE and UST; and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) schools PCU, SBC and CSB.

Joining them are amateur football clubs Mendiola and EDSA, with the Philippine Army and Air Force also fielding teams.

The first round also saw the Senior and Under-23 National teams seeing action, although both teams withdrew in the second round.

Maanne Lopez, Junessa Meiji Bañal


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