San Beda College trounced College of Saint Benilde (CSB), 3-0, to emerge No.3 in the first division of Ang Liga on Sunday at the San Beda football field in Manila.
The former National Collegiate Athletic Association champions relied on the prowess of veteran Stephen Abriol to breeze past CSB and move up the rankings.
Abriol notched his first goal in the 35th minute after converting a shot from the penalty spot before scoring consecutive goals in the 54th and 57th minutes.
Saint Benilde came back with a series of raids throughout the remaining minutes of the match but suffered another blow in the 75th minute following Christian Noel’s expulsion through a red card.
With the win, the Bedans ascended to the third spot of the standings with a record of five wins, a draw and two defeats.
Saint Benilde, after absorbing its third defeat, has four victories and two draws.
Meanwhile, the match between University of the East (UE) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the competition’s top tier ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
The Red Warriors grabbed the lead in the 15th minute through Bon Opena’s strike but the score was leveled seven minutes later by UST’s Steven Anotado.
UE once again snatched the front seat with a goal in the 70th minute courtesy of Mark Lerion but the Growling Tigers retaliated with a goal by Marvin Bricenio in the 74th.
In the lone second division match, Malayan Colleges Laguna banked on the brace performance of Jedison Medalla to fend off Don Bosco Technical College, 3-1.
Medalla started the game with a shot in the fourth minute followed by another conversion in the 27th minute to give his team a 2-1 advantage at halftime.
Don Bosco’s JR Calleja scored the only goal for their side after leaving his markers in the 11th minute of the match.
Nervina Arias also notched a strike of his own in the 60th minute to seal their club’s victory in the second division of the premier collegiate pre-season football meet.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES