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UP secures Final Four ticket after goalless draw against UST

The Final Four will have a familiar face this season, as the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons have booked a ticket with a 0-0 draw against the University of Santo Tomas Golden Booters.

It was a grueling contest all throughout the 90 minutes for both teams today at Ateneo de Manila University’s Moro Lorenzo Field. Goals were as the two schools’ defenses were sturdy and the midfield proved to be the battleground in today’s duel.

“We could have scored two goals in the first 15 minutes. I thought we started the game very well. Goal na lang ang kulang,” commented UP mentor Anto Gonzales, who shrugged off the Fighting Maroons’ entry to the post-season.

“We’re just after trying to improve, improve, improve and not be concerned about the semi-finals and finals,” added the Meralco-Taguig Sparks midfielder.

After a goalless first half, UP should have clinched the win in the game’s final stages. Returning State U skipper Daniel Gadia forced a good save from Golden Booters goalie Zaldy Abraham, while Resuma drive into the UST box went for naught as his shot went narrowly wide.

“Well so far it’s a better result than losing this game,” reflected UST coach Marjo Allado. “Kahit papano we gained one point. La Salle and NU will play UP pa. I’m very satisfied with the performance of the players. Yung one point na na-gain namin at least nakatulong pa rin sa number four position.”

Both schools’ next games shall be held on April 2 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. UST (14 points) shall face the National University at 3:00 PM, while State U (25 points) will take on the De La Salle University afterwards at 5:00 PM.

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UST XI: Abraham, Benecio, Busmion Da, Busmion Di, De Castro, Dimacali, Feril, Gumban, Molino, Rafol, Regala

UP XI: Bonoan, Borlongan, Clarino Ju, Clarino Jo, Gadia, Lapas, Magdato, Miyagi, Patangan, Rafanan, Villanueva.

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