Yesterday, the Loyola Meralco Sparks suffered a painful defeat against Stallion-Laguna FC, dropping 2-0 in the action-packed finals in the 2017 Stallion-Laguna Invitational Cup.
The defeat was the Sparks’ only blow in the cup and in the pre-season campaign. The dying minutes of the game saw Loyola crumble and two goals in the extra time sealed Stallion’s victory.
The whole game saw Loyola taking more possession and controlling the tempo. Though playing mostly on the Sparks’ side, the squad couldn’t find the perfect opening. Attempts by Curt Dizon and Connor Tacagni were deflected by the Stallion back-line.
A goal by Ryo Tamiya in the 105th minute of the game started the shift in momentum. With one goal behind, the Sparks continued to push for an equalizer. However, Nana Thomert drew the final blow to the Sparks after breaking through Loyola’s defense.
Despite the loss, head coach, Aris Caslib, took the defeat positively as they prepare for the upcoming national league.
“It’s a good test because some were able to manage their selves, their roles in the team. As a unit, I think it’s still a work in progress but everyone is stepping up,” said Caslib.
“Concentration problem. They were affected by the rotation of Stallions. We never wanted to do the same because we’re preparing for the League so we kept the way we planned,” he added.
The Sparks are ready to bounce back in upcoming Philippine Football League. The League schedule will be announced soon.