|Big players come in big games, in which sophomore Jarvey Gayoso excelled once again, with Ateneo winning over their archrivals.|
QUEZON CITY -- Ateneo de Manila's winning run in UAAP men's football this season continues as it defeated archrivals De La Salle, 1-0, at the Moro Lorenzo pitch Thursday afternoon.
In front of a partisan home crowd, Jarvey Gayoso scored the lone goal of the match at the 36th minute, collecting Ryan Haosen's header with his left foot. He then averted his defender with deft footwork before he launched the ball towards goal from an acute angle past Kerbi Almonte for his fifth goal in four games, his team scoring a total of 13 goals and giving up only once at this point of the tournament.
Gayoso was more than a scoring machine on this outing as his set pieces were practically on target. Nevertheless, a single converastion from the Management sophomore was enough to give his squad maximum points for the fourth match running as ADMU is gradually creating distance from the rest of the field with 12 points on the table.
The scoreline belies the fact that Ateneo practically dominated the match, highlighted by 14 shots on goal, compared to DLSU's five.
Although the fixture was competitve, there was not much happening in the certain segments of the match. Still, Ateneo had the clearer chances for the most part as the Blue Eagles had several forays on the Archers' box.
It was not until the final 15 minutes of the contest when the Green Archers put some mustard on the game, the team's sense of urgency becoming more evident as time winded down. The closest chance coach Hans Smit's wards got was when Mauro Acot's attempt out of a corner was stopped by Ateneo keeper AJ Arcilla, the midfielder's rebound sailing above the bar.
The Taft-based squad currently has a notch each in the win, loss, and draw columns, which gives last season's semifinalist four points on the table for a hold at fourth.
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