FEU nabs first UAAP win at Ateneo's expense

Jean Kadil gave FEU their first win this UAAP season with a brace.
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA -- In a frantic and highly emotional encounter, FEU nabbed their first ever win in the UAAP Women’s Football Tournament, taking down third-place Ateneo by the slimmest of margins Sunday evening at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

A brace by Jean Kadil and a second half strike by skipper Jovelle Sudaria propelled the Lady Tamaraws of Let Dimzon in making the race for second very wide open, as they tied with UP on four points in a five-team table.

Camille Rodriguez tried to instigate another late game heroics by firing a brace in the waning moments of the match, but that was the most the Lady Eagles that can muster as they slipped to their third straight loss of the season.

"Yung task is, wag lang si Camille [Rodriguez], dahil siya ang pinaka-strength ng team," Dimzon said, noting that the Ateneo skipper was the main culprit in the Lady Eagles' first-round win over them.

Kadil made her first goal in 21 minutes by beating the offside trap and fire the ball past Rianne Caparros on a 1v1 to take the Lady Tams ahead at the break, 1-0.

Nine minutes after the restart, Sudaria made it 2-0 on a quick counter.

But thanks to referee's mistakes, the match almost descended into chaos as the cards became common that made both Dimzon and Jaypee Merida livid at their respective benches, with the former losing two women to cards in their next game against La Salle.

"Binibigay ko na lang sa kanila yung time na hangga't maari at the end of the whistle, walang bibigay. Kasi ang nagiging problem namin, kapag nawala sa focus yung mga players, bumabagsak talaga", said the former Lady Tamaraw who are still fuming with the yellow cards to Kadil and Faith Pachejo that got them suspended for next week's encounter with still unbeaten La Salle at their own pitch in FEU-Diliman.

"Imagine, yung mga cards, para saan? Yung mga important players in their positions, yun pa ang mawawala," Dimzon added, quoting that Kim PariƱa missed this encounter and also their next game owing to an injury sustained during training, hence selecting Joy Chavez to start in between the sticks.

What happened after was the most frantic final four minutes of it, with the ever-reliable Rodriguez pulled one back with four minutes left as she tucked home a tap-in from Tiffany Siy's pass.

But Kadil killed their comeback bid by scoring on a counter at the final minute to settle matters, in which the Ateneo skipper scored the consolatory strike in the 3rd stoppage minute.

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