|UFL Season in review: Kaya winds up a fighting second
Kaya entered the 2012 United Football League season as one of the favorites with its strong roster.
And true enough, the squad came up with one of its best seasons in the league, despite falling short on goal difference.
Kaya’s second place finish can be attributed to a sturdy defense and a toughness hardly seen among the league’s elite.
When Kaya needed to grind out victories, the team would do so, getting just enough from its stars to pick up points whether it was a scrambling 1-0 or 2-1 victories. It didn’t matter. They were winning.
Even on the last day of the season, Kaya gave themselves a chance after they seemed to have been relegated as outsiders in the championship race.
In the end, it needed help from a Loyola Meralco win over Global to prevail – which didn’t happen.
But Kaya can take heart at the steadfastness that the squad has shown throughout the season.
When skipper Aly Borromeo was ruled out for the entire season, Jason Sabio, Anton del Rosario and the rest of the backline made sure the defensive nous remained.
Coach Kale Alvarez ably stepped in following the departure of Juan Cutillas at the middle of the season.
Borromeo returned near the end of the season and his heroics against Global and Pasargad late on helped set Kaya up for a thrilling finale. The 1-0 win over Stallion underlined Kaya’s steely resolve. It just didn’t score enough this season.