Arellano University relied on a late-game surge to overcome University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD), 3-1, on Tuesday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 92 football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
The Chiefs banked on the scoring prowess of veteran booter Roberto Corsame Jr., who registered a two-goal performance to propel his side to their second straight win in the competition.
The Altas were quick on their feet in the first half exploiting the defensive lapse of their foes resulting in an early 1-0 lead through the goal of Nheljun Delfin in the 39th minute.
Despite being down by a goal going into the second half, the Chiefs were relentless in their attacks against the Altas and were rewarded with twin goals by Corsame in the 67th and 73rd minutes.
James Ayuban scored the final goal for the Chiefs in the 79th minute.
“I am still happy that we won this game but there is still a cause for concern and we still have not achieved our peak yet,” Arellano head coach Ravelo Saluria told The Manila Times in Filipino after the match.
He believes that the boys entered the match with a little too much confidence that resulted in an early goal by Perpetual Help.
“We needed to recover because our strategy in the first half did not work so we changed our game a little bit after the halftime break. We adjusted the link of our midfielders to our forward line,” Saluria ended.
Meanwhile, San Beda College demolished Mapua Institute of Technology, 11-0, through the five-goal output of senior striker Ralph Abriol.
Abriol posted three goals in the first half while his teammates Jay-R Sandoval and Connor Tacagni contributed one goal each for a 5-0 advantage at the midgame break.
The Red Lions dismantled the defense of the Cardinals in the second half with another six goals, including two more strikes from Abriol in the 59th and 65th minutes.
Lyceum of the Philippines University also made its presence felt by trouncing Emilio Aguinaldo College, 5-0, in the first match of the day.
James Dorego led the Pirates with a brace performance – notching goals in the 45th and 72nd minutes.