MANILA, Philippines – Jacob Garciano helped defending champion Far Eastern University (FEU) salvage a draw against University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the UAAP Season 82 boys' football tournament, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Playing most of the match in the Junior Golden Booters' half, the Baby Tamaraws eventually got a chance after a handball infraction was called on UST at the 71st minute.
Garciano took time and calmly drilled the ball past Carl Mesina for the equalizer.
"Jacob started as the defensive midfielder but in the second half he was moved up to striker. He can make the attempts, we just needed to that desire to score more," said FEU head coach Park Bobae about Garciano.
Kiann Partosa capitalized on a defensive lapse by the Baby Tamaraws during the waning seconds of the first half for the opening goal. This, despite the Tamaraws having most of the possession.
"I think the fact that our senior players Cholo Bugas, Josh Abundio, and others also, are our leaders. There was no leader today, so our young players felt a little bit pressured," lamented Park.
After the 1-1 draw, FEU remains at the top of the table with 11 points.
However, they are now just one point ahead of National University (NU)-Nazareth School, which moved up to second place after an earlier 2-1 win over Ateneo de Manila High School.
UST still has a chance to barge into the Final 4, despite having just five points for fifth place.
TJ Salgado scored eight minutes into the second period to secure NU's second straight victory that catapulted them to second place, breaking a tie with Ateneo, who slid to third place still at seven points.
John Kenneth Garcia put the Bullpups ahead with a 29th-minute strike before Luard Abaa leveled the match just two minutes after that Garcia goal.
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