Green and Lady Shuttlers mop up ADU, UST in season-opener sweeps

(Photo by Jed Aquino) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers were a house on fire in their first game of the UAAP Season 82 after blanking the Adamson University (ADU) Soaring Falcons, 5-0, yesterday morning, September 18, at the Centro Athletico Badminton Court. Later in the afternoon, the Lady Shuttlers also mopped the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses, 5-0.

GREEN SHUTTLERS VS ADU

Team captain Jan-e Mangubat gave La Salle its first won match with a three-set thriller against Elbren Concha. Mangubat trailed in sets, 0-1, after losing the first set, 15-21. He then bounced back in the second set, 21-15, and went on to clinch the match in the third set, 21-10.

Graduating Green Shuttler Andrew Pineda made quick work of Kevin Fabros, 21-13, 21-16, for a commanding 2-0 match lead.

Mangubat and Hanz Bernardo, who were teammates in Ateneo before moving to La Salle, clinched the victory for the Taft-based squad after sweeping Fabros and David Libanan, 21-17, 21-18.

Pineda and rookie Joshua Morada likewise won a tightly-contested second doubles match against Concha and Johnrick Macabenta, 21-18, 22-20.

Bernardo capped the sweep for the Green-and-White with an easy victory over Libanan, 21-13, 21-10.

LADY SHUTTLERS VS UST

Despite missing the services of former Most Valuable Player Nicole Albo, who committed to the upcoming SEA Games, the Lady Shuttlers seemed fine as they started with a bang.

Team captain Iyah Sevilla gave her opponent Elij Pena a hard time to score to open the tie, 21-7, 21-10.

Rookie Mia Manguilimotan defeated Kristeen Geronimo in the second singles match, 21-13, 22-20.

Sevilla partnered with sophomore Shuttler Kanna Baba in the first doubles match. The duo dominated, 21-14, 21-10, as La Salle officially logged the win over UST.

Manguilimotan and fellow rookie Palma Cruz trounced Geronimo and Stephanie Mortera, while Baba sealed the deal with a 21-9, 21-19 decision over Mortera in the third singles match.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers and Lady Shuttlers will continue their quest tomorrow, September 20, at the same venue. The Green Shuttlers will face the UE Red Warriors at 8 AM, while the Lady Shuttlers will meet their archrivals ADMU Lady Eagles at 1 PM.

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Shuttlers

(Photo by Jed Aquino) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Shuttlers were brimming with hope as they entered UAAP Season 81. After all, they became successful in breaking a seven-year championship drought and bringing the gold back to Taft Avenue in Season 80. The celebration, however, could not extend for one more year as the squad fell flat in retaining the title and instead settled for a third place finish.

The Lady Shuttlers now look to complete a mission they failed as they enter Season 82. With a lineup composed of young and promising athletes, the Green-and-White have never been hungrier in meeting one goal: to win the championship once more.

OVERCOMING PRESSURE

“Nung Season 80, champion sila. Tapos nung Season 81, nag second runner-up na lang. Ang hirap din kasi nung pressure, galing ka sa champion,” admitted head coach Owen Lopez. He continued, “May time na minsan, may nagcho-choke.”

The soft-spoken mentor bared that motivating the Lady Shuttlers and giving them the extra push in knowing how to handle the pressure on their shoulders are the biggest things that the coaching staff had to handle. “Kailangan namin masabihan para ma-motivate pa sila kung ano ba talaga yung goals ng team,” he shared.

MISSING PIECES

The Taft-based squad lost several veterans last season owing to graduation and maxing out of eligibility. This left the team with a huge void that was filled by new and inexperienced faces.

Iyah Sevilla is aware of this but keeps her squad inspired despite the departure of some former teammates. “It happens every year naman, that’s why it isn’t a big deal anymore,” mentioned Sevilla.

LEADING THE PACK

Sevilla, the only graduating player for the Lady Shuttlers, will be taking on the captain duties for a team composed of rookies and sophomores. “I try to console and talk to them (rookies) now and help them prepare for the upcoming season,” she added.

The team also spent extra time together after training to improve their relationship. “Our team sessions helped us prepare ourselves mentally. It strengthened our bond as a team.” She continued, “We eat together after training, and go out and hang.”

As Sevilla consumes her last playing year, she believes that it is the best time for her to give the best version of herself. The pride of Santa Maria, Bulacan stated, “It is my last playing year, that’s why I intend to give my best shot in every game that I will play.”

She vows to support her teammates until the end of the season. ” We will do our very best and fight for the Green-and-White with pride and camaraderie.”

DEFINING EXPECTATIONS

Meanwhile, as the Lady Shuttlers are a day away from their UAAP Season 82 debut, Lopez believes that their offseason preparations were enough. However, he mentioned that the pairings were the most difficult adjustment. “Yun (pairings) yung pinaka-mahirap eh. Kahit hindi sila mag-usap tapos pag naglaro sila ay may connection.” Nonetheless, he stressed that for the meantime, the players should still enjoy the games.

Keeping in mind that there is always a room for improvement, the long-time head coach manages his expectations. “We will do our best. Ayaw naman namin na mabigyan ng pressure yung mga players, pero siyempre alam naman nila (kung) ano yung main goal ng team.”

The DLSU Lady Shuttlers will start their quest tomorrow, September 18, 1 PM as they go against the UST Golden Tigresses at the Centro Athletico Badminton Court.

Green Archers find themselves on wrong end of game-winner in failed resurgence against UE

(Photo by Trinity Matias) SM MALL OF ASIA ARENA – Down by one with less than 15 seconds remaining, it seemed as if the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers were back to the same ending they composed in their previous game against the NU Bulldogs last Wednesday.

Fourth year spitfire Aljun Melecio, after missing all but one of his first eight attempts from beyond the arc, hit an all-important triple to bring La Salle up by two, 88-86. The Green Archers lagged almost all game long, trailing UE by as many as 13 points.

Instead, the story all changed when Rey Suerte buried an ice cold three to put them up, 89-88, with less than six ticks to go. And just like how DLSU managed to salvage the game after blowing a huge lead, the Red Warriors were able to secure the victory, sending the Green Archers to their second loss in three outings.

Both squads came up firing on all cylinders in a high-octane affair in the opening period of the game. James Laput, who filled in for an injured Jamie Malonzo, did not disappoint after tallying several markers off offensive putbacks. La Salle trailed UE at the end of the opening period, 24-28.

It was yet another disastrous second quarter showing for La Salle. The Red Warriors pounded on the Green Archers as a 5-0 spurt by Neil Tolentino pushed their lead to its biggest, 48-35. At the end of the first half, La Salle’s deficit was at 37-48.

After struggling in the second quarter, a hungrier Taft-based squad was seen as Kurt Lojera drained a trey to start the third period. The Green Archers followed it with seven more unanswered points to come to within a single possession, 53-55. But, UE found an answer as they held on to a 70-63 advantage heading into the fourth.

The Green-and-White mounted a huge comeback in the final period. Coming off the bench, Encho Serrano made loud noise after knocking a three from the logo. Melecio carried his squad with his personal run that brought them to within one with 1:40 remaining. The Green Archers finally grabbed the driver’s seat, 83-81, when Serrano made a layup with just a little over a minute to go.

Baltazar’s double-double performance of 21 points and 17 rebounds went for naught as Melecio also finished with a team-best 21 markers. Caracut came up with 16 points and six assists.

Scores:

DLSU (88) – Baltazar 21, Melecio 21, Caracut 16, Serrano 14, Laput 9, Lojera 3, Bartlett 2, Manuel 2

UE (89) – Suerte 31, Tolentino 19, Cruz 13, Pagsanjan 8, Apacible 6, Conner 4, Mendoza 4, Natividad 4

The DLSU Green Archers (1-2) will return to the same venue on Wednesday, September 18, to face the FEU Tamaraws at 4 PM.

Green Booters clinch finals seat after ousting reigning champs UP

After missing the grand stage in the last three seasons, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters made their return to the UAAP Men’s Football Finals behind a 2-1 victory over the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons yesterday, May 9, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

In their third meeting this season, La Salle avenged their semifinals loss in Season 80 against the eventual champions UP.

Team captain Jed Diamante dished a free kick to Jovan Marfiga inside the box, who scored the opening goal at the 20th minute. The Fighting Maroons came up with an answer as King Miyagi tied the game at 1-all at the 38th minute.

Shanden Vergara was a superhero anew after breaking the tie with a goal at the 77th minute, courtesy of an excellent assist from Mohammad Almohjili. His goal proved to be the last for both teams as La Salle emerged victorious.

The win sent the defending champions packing as the Green Booters clinched their first finals appearance in four years, or since Season 77, where they lost to the FEU Tamaraws.

Head coach Alvin Ocampo commended his team’s hard work. “We would not reach to the finals if all did not contribute.” For the past few games, Ocampo kept on shuffling his cards, giving almost everyone a chance to play and make an impact on the pitch.

As they head on to the finals, Ocampo knows that they will be going through enough preparations before everything else. “We need to be 100% healthy. Yun na ang pinakaimportant. Everything on the last game will be about heart and mental toughness.”

Vergara, who has been consistent all throughout the team’s campaign, showed grit once more after scoring the go-ahead goal. “It was a great feeling scoring for La Salle. I’m very happy that I scored, especially in a crucial match like this.”

The former De La Salle Zobel standout emphasized that they will continue to work hard until they get the crown. “We will prepare for the finals, which will be the most important game for us, especially for La Salle. We want to get that championship and we will work for it.”

The Taft-based squad have a chance to end their 20-year title drought as they return to the UAAP Men’s Football Finals. They last claimed the title in 1998 when La Salle won three of the last four championships from Seasons 57 to 60.

Support the DLSU Green Booters in their pursuit to bring back the throne to Taft as they face archrivals Ateneo on Thursday, May 16, 4:30 PM at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Late Zubiri goal catapults Green Booters to semis rematch vs UP

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters made their return to the Final Four after winning their crucial match against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 1-0, on Thursday at the FEU Fern Diliman.

The victory gave the Green Booters an 8-1-5 slate and eliminated the UST Growling Tigers in the semis race. This also pushed them to the third seed, setting up a rematch with their Season 80 tormentors, the second-ranked UP Fighting Maroons.

It has been indeed a season filled with unpredictable and nerve-wrecking happenings. Now that we have reached the end of eliminations, the Taft-based squad finished strong with a win-draw-loss record of 8-1-5, placing third overall.

The Taft-based squad and the Morayta-based squad were aggressive to start the match. Although starting a bit slow offensively, La Salle made sure to keep their defense tight in order for FEU not to draw first blood. The Green Booters had a couple of chances in scoring, however, they just could not finish. Both teams engaged in a 0-0 first half scoring.

It was until the 90+1′ minute that the Green Booters were finally able to put themselves up on the scoreboard. Rookie Xavier Zubiri emerged as La Salle’s hero after scoring the go-ahead goal to sink FEU.

Head coach Alvin Ocampo believed that his squad did not back down until the final whistle has been blown. “They did not stop playing until the last minute, until they had fulfilled the instructions, which was to put the ball inside the net.”

Ocampo reminded the boys that “we have to make our destiny, we cannot rely to the result of other teams.”

Team captain Jed Diamante believed that everyone in the team really put their hearts during the crucial match. “Everyone in the team has an important role, even those who are part of the second stringers, they are always ready to play. I think everyone just wanted it that much to win para ma-hit namin ang first goal namin which is to enter the Final Four.”

Being part of the La Salle squad who were eliminated by UP, the reigning Best Midfielder vows that they “will enter with more passion and grit no matter who they are facing against.”

He added that they will prepare for UP but he wants to instill a certain mindset to his teammates. “Kahit sino yung opponent na itatapat, dapat same intensity ng play and same yung grit. That’s what I want to instill in their minds and their hearts para when it matters most so that when we (the seniors) graduate, yun ang maiwan namin na legacy sa younger generation ng La Salle Football.”

Support the Green Booters in the semifinals on Thursday, May 9, 2 PM at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Green Booters complete comeback against first round tormentors UE

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After clinching their first win of the second round against Adamson University, the De La Salle University Green Booters conquered their succeeding match yesterday morning at the FEU Fern Diliman. The Taft-based squad defeated their first round tormentors, the UE Red Warriors, with a score of 2-0.

In the first half of the match, both squads have been exchanging possessions. Each team had opportunities to score but as they head towards the halftime break, both teams remained scoreless. Over the break, the Green Booters reviewed their plays and planned to improve their communication in the pitch.

As the second half started, the men in Green and White became very patient with their execution until they reached the 75th minute mark with rookie John Rhey Lagura tallying another goal next to his name which helped DLSU grab the lead from then on. When the full 90 minutes have been played, an injury time of 6 minutes was added to the clock. The Green Booters maximized this additional minutes to convert another goal as another rookie Jovan Marfiga scored once again for La Salle at the 90+2 minutes of the match.

The win against UE improves DLSU to a record of 6-1-5 for 19 points. The Green Booters will face the NU Bulldogs on the Thursday, April 25, 1:30 PM at the same venue.

Vergara scores brace as Green Booters return to winning column

After struggling to find their groove into the second round, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters return to the winning column after frustrating the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons, 4-2, on Sunday at the FEU Fern Diliman.

Rookie John Rhey Lagura, who suffered from an injury back in the first round, got the chance to play again after getting inserted in the starting lineup of the Green Booters.

Adamson drew first blood as Pilarca maximized the opportunity to score a goal coming from a corner kick. However, just before the end of the half, Mateo Alegre managed to put up a game-changing equalizer to restore the morale of his team.

La Salle banked on an improved passing as the Green Booters were able to connect more in the second half. Lagura had a “welcome back” game after contributing a goal for his squad at the 63rd minute. Consistent scorer Shanden Vergara followed it up with another brace for the Green and White at the 67th and 69th minute. The Taft-based squad were up, 4-1, before Adamson converted a late goal for a final score of 4-2.

“Kailangan namin manalo kasi three games na kami hindi pa nananalo,” Vergara said. “We needed to win because crucial na and kailangan namin maging consistent as we move towards the end of eliminations.”

The Green Booters improved to 5-1-5 for 16 points as they hang on to their fourth place standing.

Head coach Alvin Ocampo, however, was not the most satisfied as he demands consistency from his team as they inch closer to the end of the eliminations. “We have to be consistent. We have to do better than our results during the first round.”

Ocampo emphasized that his team can score as early as the first half, and they do not have to wait for the second half to convert goals. “Kung kaya naman nila magtrabaho ng first half, then gawin na nila para makahinga ng konti ang team at para makalaro lahat ng players for their exposure, lalo na we are a very young team.”

The DLSU Green Booters will face their first round tormentors, the UE Red Warriors on Thursday, April 11, 9 AM at the same venue.

Green Booters still in quest for a win after losing against Ateneo

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters remain hunting for a win in Round 2 of the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Football Tournament after suffering their fifth loss at the hands of archrivals Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 1-3, earlier at the FEU Fern Diliman.

In their first round encounter, the Green Booters logged a 2-1 victory over the Blue Eagles.

The Taft-based squad looked to pick up where they left off as they grabbed the lead early in the game. Mauro Acot made an extraordinary long-ranger at the 10th minute. However, the Katipunan-based squad was quick to counter. Ateneo top-scorer Jarvey Gayoso put up his equalizer just six minutes later.

Rupert Baña and Mark Nacional connected at the 42nd minute as the Blue Eagles overtook the Green Booters, 2-1. Furthermore, Gayoso scored his second goal late at the 83rd minute as La Salle sank to 1-3.

The Green Booters dropped to a win-loss record of 4-1-5 with 13 points.

They will face the Adamson Soaring Falcons on Sunday, 9 AM, at the same venue.

Green Booters split elims series against defending champs

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters remained winless in Round 2 of the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Football tournament after bowing to the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 0-2, yesterday at the FEU Fern Diliman.

The defending champions put themselves on the scoreboard after Karl Bugayong nailed a header in the seventh minute of the match. The Fighting Maroons held control of the ball for most of the first half to prevent the Green Booters from scoring.

La Salle saw improvements on both ends of the game in the second half. Unfortunately, just a few minutes coming off the break, King Miyagi tallied another goal at the 51st minute. The Taft-based squad had their chances as Shanden Vergara almost put DLSU on the scoring board. However, they could not keep up with the time as the whistle blew with a final score of 0-2.

The DLSU Green Booters (4-1-4) look to bounce back on Thursday, 3:30 PM, at the same venue as they face their archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Green Booters log first draw match of the season after late UST goal

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To the start of the second round of the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Football Tournament, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters ended up in a 1-1 draw with the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers yesterday, March 24, at the FEU Fern Diliman.

The protagonists figured in a scoreless first half despite several attempts made.

Come to the second half of the match, more action came into place as the Green Booters improved their communication on the pitch. At the 74th minute, rookie Shanden Vergara powered through the defense of UST and struck a goal for the Taft-based squad.

However, with six minutes added to the full 90 minutes of the game, La Salle just could not hang on to claim the win. UST’s Miguel Mercader managed to score an equalizer just seconds before the final buzzer sounded.

The DLSU Green Booters (4-1-3) remained at second place with 13 points. They will face the UP Fighting Maroons on Sunday, March 31, 3:30 PM at the same venue.