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Published on March 9th, 2019 | by Trinity Matias

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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.”

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