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.

With rout of archrivals, Green Booters rank second after Round 1

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters ended their first round on a high note after hanging on to defeat their archrivals, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 2-1, last Thursday, March 21, at the FEU Fern Diliman.

Coming off a 1-2 loss against the FEU Tamaraws, veteran Rael Montelibano steered La Salle with two goals in the first 24 minutes of action. The Green Booters showcased their defense through the rest of the time to keep the lead and win the game.

The Taft-based squad started very strong in the first half as they showed enough chemistry to put DLSU up in the scoreboard at the 13th minute. Rookie sensation Shanden Vergara dished an excellent assist that made it so easy for Montelibano to finish and give La Salle an early 1-0 lead. Just a few minutes later, the latter followed it up with a header at the 24th minute.

Ateneo answered right away with Rupert Baña returning the favor at the 26th minute of the match.

The Katipunan-based squad remained aggressive with several goal attempts in the second half. At the 88th minute, Roxas on a corner kick found Roque for an easy goal. However, La Salle goalkeeper Gab Villacin was once again spectacular doing what he does best, as he did not let Ateneo score what would have been an equalizer.

La Salle improved to solo second with 12 points and a win-draw-loss record of 4-0-3. They remain behind FEU, who have 15 points.

The DLSU Green Booters will open their second round campaign against the UST Growling Tigers later, March 23, 3:30 PM at the same venue.

Montelibano powers La Salle in first round win over Ateneo

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Rafael Alfonso Montelibano had quite a game against La Salle’s archrivals last Thursday, March 21. The veteran Green Booter scored twice on Ateneo in the first 24 minutes of action to put his team on top. Those two goals in addition to their defense through the rest of the game proved enough to seal the victory for La Salle.

Montelibano bared that he had some preparations prior to their match versus Ateneo that helped compose himself during the match. “I knew I had to lock in and stay focused, and prepare myself both physically and mentally. No doubt it was going to be a tough match right from the get go.”

The match was their last in the first round as they finished second with a 4-0-3 slate.

The fifth year player believed in teamwork as he added, “I set my mindset to always play together with my team as a unit; to play for the name on the front rather than the one on the back.”

Montelibano made it look so easy to score those two goals, yet he stressed that it just became possible because of their perseverance on the field. “Of course it feels amazing to score not just one but two goals against our rivals. But to be honest, both my goals were just the icing to the whole team’s efforts.”

He gave praises to his teammates who really made excellent assists that made him take the shots. “I couldn’t have gotten that first goal without Shanden Vergara; to me that was his goal. He brilliantly pressed and read that bad pass and made a powerful run down the left flank, splitting the Ateneo defense in order to open up the space for me to finish it. And that second goal came from our captain, Jed Diamante, and his perfect delivery into the box.”

The senior stated that it is a confidence booster not just for him, but for the whole team. As they open the second round today, Montelibano keeps his expectations for the rest of the season. “We’re going to take it one game at a time. Right now there’s no room to let up. We have to stay focused, stay positive, keep playing and supporting each other.”

Green Booters absorb tough loss after bowing down to FEU

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters suffered their third loss of the season as they bowed to top-seeded FEU Tamaraws, 1-2, yesterday, March 17, at the FEU Fern Diliman.

Right at the very first minute of the match, the Tamaraws managed to pass well and execute a goal coming from Kim who drew the first blood of the match. They held on to this early lead before the Green Booters tied it. Alfonso Montelibano powered through the defenders of the Morayta-based squad and converted a goal for DLSU during the 22nd minute. At the end of the first half, it was square one for both teams at 1-all.

The protagonists went head-to-head in the second half as they strengthened both their offense and defense. The match became physical as the referees handed a couple of yellow cards to some players. FEU’s Canonigo capitalized a Green Booter foul at the 83rd minute. A free kick put FEU ahead, 2-1, with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. The men in green had several chances to convert, however they just could not finish.

The DLSU Green Booters (3-0-3) will play their last game of the first round against Ateneo on Thursday, March 21, 3 PM at the same venue. The Green Booters hope to get a victory in order to improve their standings heading into the second round.

Lady Booters dominate Lady Maroons to stay unbeaten

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters cruised past the University of Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons, 3-0, to garner their second win and remain undefeated in UAAP Season 81 earlier today at the Circulo Verde Pitch.

The defending champions drew first blood at the 28th minute courtesy of a Kyra Dimaandal goal. The team captain’s top-right corner attempt from outside the box off an Irish Navaja assist put La Salle ahead, 1-0.

UP gave a scare at the 40th minute with a spectacular kick to the right, but reigning Best Goalkeeper Tashka Lacson was able to put a stop to it with a high diving save.

Six minutes after the restart, the Taft-based squad doubled its advantage following a Navaja close-ranged goal. The 5th year veteran took advantage of the loose ball after a save by UP’s goalie to give La Salle a two-goal advantage.

At the 59th minute, the Green and White hit the nail in the coffin with a Shai Del Ocampo goal off a Sara Castañeda assist to push her team’s lead to three. The super rookie has now scored in each of the three games she has played thus far this season.

The Lady Maroons found it difficult to put themselves on board as the Lady Booters showed spectacular defense, manned by Lacson.

UP attempted to get a consolation goal at the 89th minute, but Lacson proved too strong for the Lady Maroons as a 1v1 play resulted in favor of the Green and White to secure a clean sheet for her.

With the victory, the Lady Booters improved to seven points with a 2-1-0 win-draw-lose record.

Catch the Lady Booters as they play against the FEU Lady Tamaraws (2-0-1) on Wednesday, 3PM at the same venue.

Lady Booters and UST tied in battle between Season 80 finalists

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The battle between last season’s finalists turned out even as the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters and the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses ended in a 2-2 draw last Saturday, March 9, at Circulo Verde.

Last season’s runner-up UST dominated the first half with most chances coming from them, one in which Mae Cadag attempted to capitalize a series of error by La Salle. However, reigning Best Goalkeeper Tashka Lacson proved she is still in best shape, executing a wonderful save to keep the match even at the end of the first half.

Following a grueling first half, the tides changed at the 51st minute as the Lady Booters drew first blood after a close range finish by team captain Kyra Dimaandal off an Irish Navaja cross.

The goal did not stop the Lady Tigresses from pushing forward. Nine minutes after, Mary Joy Indac moved past the defenders to shift the momentum onto their sides, tying the game at one goal apiece. Then, at the 71st minute, UST’s captain Hazel Lustan took advantage of La Salle’s miscommunication and gave them their second goal in 10 minutes, overtaking the defending champions, 2-1.

The Taft-based squad did not rattle and composed themselves after the turn of events. The rookie connection between Shai De Ocampo and Maye Mendaño worked wonders as the former netted in a wonderful header from the latter’s corner kick at the 73rd minute, keeping the Green and White back into the game at 2-all.

Both teams hustled for their third goals, but several 1v1 spectacular Lacson saves and continuous crossbar hits by the defending champions denied any squad from attaining them.

With this draw, the Lady Booters secured second place with four points after two played games.

Catch the DLSU Lady Booters (1-1-0) as they attempt to improve their record when they face the UP Fighting Lady Maroons (1-0-1) on Saturday, March 16, 1 PM at the same venue.

Rookie sensation Shanden Vergara powers La Salle in victory over UP

The UAAP Season 81 happenings have been very interesting and unpredictable for everyone in the league. After bowing down to the UP Fighting Maroons in the semifinals last season, a comeback win was made last Thursday by the Green Booters as they stunned the defending champions, 2-1.

Among all the players in the pitch, one name stood out big time for the Taft-based squad that led them to an impressive win. Nineteen-year-old rookie Shanden Vergara scored two goals against the Fighting Maroons during the 36th and 65th minute of the match.

“It was a great feeling to score a goal for the first time after four or five matches.” Vergara added that he really waited for this moment to come. “It was unexpected. I tried to score and then yun, na-goal yung free kick. Also the second goal, I didn’t expect na magagawa ko. I was happy na nanalo kami, it was the team’s effort, and we just played as a team.”

Vergara became very patient with the process and at the end was rewarded as he performed his best match so far. He admitted being frustrated their previous matches, but the coaching staff would remind him, “Don’t be pressured (as) the goals will come. I was frustrated because sometimes you are eager to score but in the end, it’s for the team. This is a team sport so you should not be selfish.”

As one of the most promising rookies in this Season 81, Vergara remains well-driven to power through the following matches ahead for the Green Booters. “Ipapakita ko na I will do more than what is expected from me. I am happy for my goals earlier but I should not be satisfied because there are much more games coming up and we need to win.”

Having enough determination, he keeps his door open for improvement. “Dapat namin kunin yung mga laro every game, we’ll have to take it game by game. As a rookie, I have to contribute more, to improve more, and to bring glory for La Salle.”

Heading on to their next match, Vergara believes that they will focus on their lapses in order to have stronger finishes. “We need to focus on our defense because we still have so many lapses. We have to improve more and work on it during training day by day.”

The DLSZ standout emphasized that they will strive to become consistent until the end of the season. “We have to be consistent and to be at our top form. We also need to keep on the same mindset for the same season.”