Rooks take charge as Lady Booters down Lady Eagles in season opener

Rooks take charge as Lady Booters down rivals Lady Eagles in season opener The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters started their season with a dominating win against arch-rivals Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 3-0, yesterday, March 6, at the Circulo Verde Pitch.

The Ladies in Green started well with numerous attempts to the goal. One of those attempts done at 23’, went in but was disallowed by the referees because Captain Kyra Dimaandal was offside. Nearing the end of the first half, at 36’, Rookie Shai del Campo showed her skills in the box and scored a goal for La Salle for a 1-0 edge.

Then, at 39’, another neophyte in Maye Mendaño, converted a penalty kick given to La Salle after a handball infraction from the Katipunan-based squad. La Salle was up two points to nil at half time.

During the early minutes of the second half, last season’s Best Keeper, Tashka Lacson, had heroic saves that helped the Lady Booters’ defense remain impenetrable. None of the Ateneans’ attempts made it past the DLSU wall.

The Lady Booters didn’t stop pushing even if they had a cushion of two points. Their kapitana didn’t fail to show her team how it’s done as Dimaandal scored a goal at 67’. The game was fast-paced with both teams running up and down the field attempting to score but the game ended at 3-0, giving the Taft-based squad their first victory of the season.

When asked how the game went for his team, Coach Hans said that they only played 80% of the team’s potential, “There were so many mischances, not chances of shots but chances to go on to attack. The rookies played as expected but the thing now is that we need to have more intensity for our next game because we’re playing UST and there’s not many days for recovery”.

Captain Dimaandal invites everyone to come and watch them defend their title against UST and promises a higher intesity game. “I think we played bit relaxed today and I know we can do more. For the next game, we plan on having higher intensities for our match”.

The DLSU Lady Booters will face UST Growling Tigers this coming Saturday, March 9, 1pm at the same venue.

UAAP Season 81 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Booters

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Entering Season 81 as the reigning back-to-back champions of the UAAP Women’s Football Tournament, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters are eager to defend the title and aim for a three-peat with their great combination of players and good practices.

Protecting the crown

After bagging consecutive championships in Seasons 79 and 80, assistant coach Alvin Ocampo assuredly said that the title has been a big factor in boosting the confidence of the Lady Booters. He also mentioned the improvements he saw during the preseason league among the rookies and the seniors who displayed a sense of authority and responsibility in commanding the team.

Alongside the preseason league that the ladies have participated in, team captain Kyra Dimaandal also mentioned that they had different kinds of training that allowed them to examine a variety of plays that they can use.

Rookie Alisha Del Campo, who previously played for De La Salle Santiago Zobel, mentioned the need to step up and perform at a collegiate level. “In training, we are always pushed to give our best and to improve more and more every single day so that when the season comes, we’re ready for our opponents and all the challenges coming our way,” Del Campo said.

More than physical preparations, the Lady Booters are also setting up a positive mindset. Commitment, discipline, eagerness, and trust are the values that the back-to-back champions instill. Irish Navaja, who will be playing her last UAAP season revealed, “The only way to keep the crown is to trust each and everyone in the team because that’s the most important weapon that we have against our opponent.”

Goal!

With all the other teams hungry to steal the meal from DLSU, the Lady Booters aim to double their efforts in order to keep the crown. Each of them has their personal and team goals.

Dimaandal stated, “Personal and team goal is to keep La Salle’s glory bright by keeping the championship. We’ve all been trying to be better even through hard times. What’s important is we all try to fix our mistakes and help each other. That’s the main plan—just being progressive.”

In and out of the field

Being a student-athlete has never been easy. Dimaandal revealed that she sometimes gets sidetracked by her academic and personal life, but it is her desire to lead the team to be better and build something that they, graduating seniors, will leave behind.

As one of the senior players, Navaja reminded the team to never settle for less. “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”

She is confident of having a “sweet exit” at the tail of this season.

For the past two UAAP seasons, the Lady Booters have been strategically improving their plans as they bid to consistently achieve their goals.

Dimaandal shared, “It takes a team to get a championship. With the combination of players, we have good practices and chances to be better, not only in the field but (also) by developing characters that will strive for greatness and won’t settle for mediocrity.”

The DLSU Lady Booters will face their archrivals Ateneo de Manila University in their first game of the season on Wednesday, March 6, 3 PM, at Circulo Verde.

Green Booters dominate Bulldogs, secure second win of the season

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters completed their bounce back with a win against the National University (NU) Bulldogs, 2-0, yesterday, March 3, at the FEU Fern Diliman.

The Taft-based squad started very strong as Mateo Alegre immediately scored a goal at the very first minute of the game. The connection between players was very evident, resulting to an early DLSU lead in the opening frame. At the 31st minute, a free kick was awarded to Mikio Umilin, giving La Salle a 2-0 advantage. On the defensive end, the Green Booters did not give the Bulldogs any chance to put themselves on-board, protecting their lead heading into the halftime break.

In the second half of the match, the Bulldogs became more aggressive as they took several attempts on target. Meanwhile, the Green Booters had their chances to add another marker on the scoreboard but could not just finish. Regardless, the final buzzer sounded with La Salle on top, 2-0.

Coming up with numerous swats, Gab Villacin was a huge factor in keeping DLSU on top throughout the game. The six-foot goalkeeper felt good regarding his performance during the match. “If I can keep all the balls out of the goal, I’m doing my job properly.” He added that the game played by their team showed how they really play. “Today we showed the La Salle that I am used to, the La Salle that played and were champions in Ang Liga, and I’m really happy that we’ve found our rhythm.”

Heading into their match against the defending champions, UP Fighting Maroons, head coach Alvin Ocampo believes that they will prepare for a payback. “We’ll try our best to match with the defending champions since we lost to them last year in the semis. It’s a good way for us to get back from our loss last year.” Ocampo added that they will aim for consistency throughout the season. “We have to bring the morale of the team up again. Siyempre hindi tayo pwede na erratic na talo, panalo, tapos talo, panalo. We have to be consistent.”

The DLSU Green Booters will face UP this coming Thursday, March 7, 9 AM at the same venue.

Green Booters suffer second loss of Season 81 against Red Warriors

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters suffered their second loss of the UAAP
Season 81 Men’s Football Tournament against the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 0-1, last Thursday, February 28, at the FEU Diliman Football Field.

For the first half of the game, the Taft-based squad pressed the UE Red Warriorrs and had
good territory of the ball. At the 26th minute, a yellow card was flashed on UE’s Rino Saldivar. However, Shanden Vergara was not able to capitalize with the free kick. Despite having good defense and strategy, the score remained 0-0 at the end of the first half.

After having a difficult time of making it past the Green Booters’ defense, the Red Warriors’ quickly made a goal six minutes into the second half, courtesy of their midfielder Mark Lerion. At the 54th minute of the game, another yellow card was issued to UE’s defender, Louie Polinag.

The Green Booters ran out of time and failed to overcome the Red Warriors. The game ended with the final score of 0-1.

Catch the DLSU Green Booters in their next game against the National University Bulldogs on Sunday, March 3, 3 PM at the FEU Diliman Football Field.

Almohjili steps up as Green Booters tally win no. 1

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters clinched their first win of the season earlier today, February 24 at the FEU Fern Diliman after facing the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons with a score of 1-0.

During the first half of the match, both teams showed great defense, but the match got physical shortly. At the fifth minute, a red card was issued to Adamson’s Ortinez, which made his team down to 10 blue shirts remaining for the rest of the match. The first half ended with both teams held scoreless.

Just a few minutes into the second half, rookie Mohammad Almohjili drew first blood for the Taft-based squad during the 50th minute. The Green Booters took care of this lead against AdU, securing them their first win of the season with a score of 1-0.

The freshman student-athlete felt very proud of his performance that benefited the whole team. He stated, “I’m proud to score for La Salle, and I’m also proud to represent my Almohjili and Tarayao family who supported me since I was a child. This goal was not only my goal, but it was the team’s goal.”

Despite committing several mistakes during the game, Almohjili believes that everything went well for the Green Booters. “We had some miscommunication during the first half, but we fixed it and had better outcome during the second half.”

Support the DLSU Green Booters as they face the UE Red Warriors on Thursday, February 28, 1 PM at the same venue.

Green Booters unable to secure season opener against UST

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters started their Season 81 campaign yesterday, February 17, at the FEU Fern Diliman with a loss to the the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, 1-3.

At the 14th minute of the first half, John Rhey Lagura, one of the rookies for the Taft-based squad, drew first blood. Just a few moments however, the Green Booters lost their early 1-0 lead at the 17th minute. Conrad Dimacali converted one to tie the game, 1-1.

Entering the last few minutes of the first half, Juan Villanueva made another goal as the Season 80 first runner-up overtook La Salle. At the end of the first half, the Green Booters trailed the Growling Tigers, 1-2.

In the second half, La Salle attempted to convert another goal to get even with UST. Instead, Glen Ramos, a rookie from UST, contributed another one and put the Growling Tigers ahead by two goals, 3-1. The Yellow shirts held on to their lead until the final buzzer.

Even though the Green Booters were not able to clinch their first win, team captain Jed Diamante still commended the overall performance of the team. “Overall, the team performed well. We created chances and controlled the game at some crucial points.” He added that the team sees the game as a learning experience that would help them prepare for the following games.

Diamante and the rest of the Green Booters are very positive as they move on to their next match against Adamson University on February 24, 1 PM at the same venue. “The first match versus UST is done, now we look forward to the next game and continue taking on the season one game at a time.”

UAAP Season 81 Team Preview: DLSU Green Booters

Photo by: Jeremiah Buenafe

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters were able to clinch a fourth place finish in the
UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football Tournament. After reaching the playoffs last season, will the
Green Booters be able to go beyond and finally reclaim the elusive crown this upcoming
season?

Ready for a comeback

After a successful return to the Final Four last season, Assistant Coach Alvin Ocampo is eyeing
to bring back the title in Taft. “We have to bring back the title sa Taft. It’s been more than 20 years,” Ocampo said.

With a great desire to end the championship drought, the Green Booters had enough preparations during the preseason that would make the men in green click and gel as a team. They joined different tournaments such as Ang Liga, Sagay Cup, and Pilipinas Cup where they performed well after finishing first, second, and third place respectively.

Team captain Jed Diamante believes that the team is ready enough to go into battle this Season 81. “I think the team is ready. Sa current state namin, we’ve been preparing really well for the past months,” said the fourth year skipper.

Rookies filling their roles

The number of rookies for this coming season is not a problem for Ocampo, who commended the rookies’ contribution during their preseason matches. “Majority puro rookies eh, with the mix of the seniors, so maganda yung pinakita nila the past matches nila eh.” Diamante believes that the rookies suiting up for La Salle were able to adjust on how they should be playing in the team.

“More than half of our team is composed of rookies, sa past tournaments namin and preparations. We were able to instill with them what it is to be a Lasallian football player and I think they already get the feel of how it is to be part of the Lasallian community. Now, seeing them play the preseason tournaments, we can say that they’re really ready to fight for the Archers.”

Xavie Zubiri, who will be playing for the Green Booters as a rookie, said he is already looking forward to his UAAP debut. “I am looking forward to the hard competition ahead of us and great team work from our team. As a rookie this year, I can help contribute in boosting positivity in the team.”

Zubiri added that he and his fellow rookies will also step up along with their teammates. “I’d say the rookies perform together at the same standard as the team does, and we are able to create chemistry within the team.”

Leaving a mark

Two of the 22-man roster will be suiting up for their final playing year for the Green and White. Yoshi Koizumi and Alfonso Montelibano are also hoping to reclaim the crown this season.

Koizumi is feeling mixed emotions knowing that it is his last year playing for the Green Booters. “I’m excited to play for my last year, but as well as it’s kind of emotional. I’ve been here for five years, and I’ve been through a lot of stuff.” But more than anything else, he has high hopes that, “this season will be the best in my football career and also DLSU career.”

On the other hand, Montelibano emphasizes that what matters to him most is the teamwork everyone is willing to give. “At the end of the day, win or lose, it’s always about my team and this team has been through so much, and all I care about is getting the best of the team on and off the field.” As one of the graduating players, he believes that what he can do this season is to leave a mark to the whole team and to become an inspiration to the rookies. “The only thing I could leave behind is my mark–maybe to make sure they’re strong at heart and always teach them the life lessons they need and during the games; maybe make my presence felt, since I’m like the senior, lift the team up and maybe bring them my experience with these rookies.”

The DLSU Green Booters will start their campaign as they go against UST Growling Tigers on February 17, 1 PM at the FEU Fern Diliman.

Green Booters settle at 4th place after Final Four loss to Fighting Maroons

The De La Salle University Green Booters fell short against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 0-1, in the Semifinals of the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Thursday.

The game started off hot as early attempts came from both sides. After a series of passes, La Salle’s defense remained tight as goal-keeper Paeng De Guzman stood strong to keep the base clean.

The Green and White exhibited eagerness as early as the 1st minute after a yellow card was shown to Nicko Villacin. Despite the strife, the game went on and kicks kept coming from both teams up to the 6th minute mark. At the 30th, Yoshiharu Koizumi cleared a UP ball away from the danger zone.

Both fields were fiery but remained scoreless as they tried to pinch in a goal by the end of the first half.

The second half intensified quickly when Kyle Magdato scored a goal for the Maroons at the 47th minute.

La Salle tried to bounce back offensively, but they could not get anything going.

The Green Booters reached full-time goalless, while the Fighting Maroons clinched the spot for the Finals seat.

UP advances on with the UST Growling Tigers after a 1-0 semifinal victory against the ADMU Blue Eagles.

The Finals between UP and UST will be on March 3, Thursday, 3 PM at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

DLSU Green Booters victor over NU, clinch Final Four berth

The De La Salle University Green Booters eliminated the National University after clinching a Final Four berth in a crucial match of the season, 2-1, in the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, on thursday.

La Salle and NU were in a must-win situation heading into the game, as both teams still fighting for their Final Four hopes of the season.

At the 12th mark of the game, Green Booter Matthew Custodio came up big after finding teammate Christian Zubiri to score their first goal.

The Taft-based squad went full-guard defensively, but NU continued to be aggressive offensively as they tried to equalize and found a way to score as Bulldog Simplicio Mantal saw the opening and was able to catch the tape of the net to tie the game at 1-apiece.

At the second half, Matthew Custodio had his own chance for another goal as he slipped past the defense of National University and was able to convert his own goal for the team. La Salle went up, 2-1.

La Salle did not let NU score another goal for another equalizer as the Green Booter sealed the win.

DLSU clinched another Final Four spot with twenty points at the end of eliminations. The rest of the playoff cast are UP, Ateneo and UST with thirty-two, twenty-eight and twenty-two points respectively.

Green Booters bow to the UP Fighting Maroons

The De La Salle Green Booters failed to defeat the UP Fighting Maroons, 0-2, in the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football Tournament yesterday at FEU Diliman Football Field.

At the start of the match, the UP Fighting Maroons showed that they were eager to score early on. Despite their strategy, Raphael De Guzman, last season’s Best Goalkeeper, denied their efforts with quick thinking.

A crucial error from Nathan Alcantara gave UP’s Saavedra a goal off a penalty kick in the 27th minute of the game. Nicholas Villacin substituted for Matthew Custodio towards the end of the first half. Villacin’s momentum was spoiled by UP’s goalkeeper.

La Salle’s rookie, John Logarta, denied the attempt UP made during the 78th minute.

However, with nine minutes left in regulation, Tacordon gives the UP Fighting Maroons a goal to secure the victory, 0-2.