Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas (UST) posted narrow victories against separate foes in the second round of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) football tournament at the Moro Lorenzo Field on Thursday.
The Blue Eagles are now in the third spot with 24 points on eight wins and five losses while the Growling Tigers are in fifth with six victories, four draws and two defeats for 22 points.
After an impressive victory against defending champion Far Eastern University in their previous game, Ateneo registered another win at the expense of rival team De La Salle University, 1-0.
Despite the aggressiveness of the Green Archers after the opening whistle, it was the Ateneans who notched an early goal courtesy of Jarvey Goyoso in the 16th minute.
La Salle’s Jojo Borromeo and Gelo Diamante retaliated with a few attempts but were unsuccessful.
In the second half, Ateneo relentlessly assaulted La Salle’s defense, with the latter only relying on small counterattacks. The game ended with just a solitary mark on the score sheets.
The win propelled Ateneo above La Salle, which has dropped down to fourth with seven wins, two draws and three losses.
Meanwhile, the Growling Tigers relied on Ronald Batisla-Ong’s two-goal performance to pull off a 2-1 triumph over the National University (NU) Bulldogs. It was NU’s first win in the second round.
Coming off a disappointing draw against Adamson University, the Growling Tigers immediately launched relentless attacks against the Bulldogs.
UST proved its dominance after just 15 minutes as Batisla-Ong fired his first shot to the back of the net off a strong header giving his team a 1-0 edge.
The Bulldogs through the passing skills of Francis Abalunan tried to retaliate but were unproductive.
Batisla-Ong scored his second goal following the resumption of action in the 54th minute off a pass by teammate Renz Gumban.
The Bulldogs refused to go down without a fight as Nico Macapal hit his target in the second minute of stoppage time before the final whistle.
With the victory, UST is now just a point short of penetrating the Top Four while NU is still No.6 with four wins, four draws, and five losses.