Ateneo de Manila University opened its campaign with a 2-0 win over University of the East in the Ang Liga Season 14 held at the San Beda College Field in Manila.
With most of its core players earning much-needed experience playing for Agila MSA FC in the United Football League, the Blue Eagles were quick on their feet to start off their tour of duty on a high note.
Ateneo nailed its first goal with a strike from Samuel Lim in the 18th minute.
Play continued with both squads exchanging blows on each end of the pitch as the Blue Eagles commanded the offensive end with their dominant attacks.
Ateneo finally secured the win four minutes before the end of regulation as Jordan Blair Jarvis found the back of the net to place his team at a comfortable distance at fulltime.
University of Santo Tomas (UST) also came out with its initial victory after trouncing University of Batangas (UB), 2-1.
The Growling Tigers shifted their attacks to full throttle at the start forcing UB’s Allyson Lopez to shoot the ball to the back of his own net in the 37th minute.
The Brahmans came back strong in the second half as Jojo Nitro succeeded in leveling the score to 1-1 in the 63rd minute.
However, the Growling Tigers swiftly found a reply just three minutes after as Dexter Benecio’s shot hit its mark to bring the lead back to their side and seal the win.
Meanwhile, San Beda College (SBC) handed provincial club Malayan Colleges Laguna a 6-0 beating in the second division courtesy of the four-goal explosion of Mariano Suba while University of the Philippines’ (UP) Team B relied on the hat trick of Miggy Blanco in the second half to squeak past UST Team B, 4-1.
Defending University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion UP remain unbeaten on top of the first division with three wins.
SBC-Team B holds a two-point advantage over UP-Team B on goal difference to take the number one seed of the second division with a record of two wins and a loss.