College of Saint Benilde blasted Lyceum of the Philippines University, 3-1, to earn a Final Four slot in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Friday.
Benilde has four wins, a draw and a loss, good for third spot.
The Blazers scored a first goal through a conversion by John Michael Barot deep inside the box to take the lead in the 32nd minute.
Mark Velizano had a strike of his own in the 75th minute to give Benilde a comfortable 2-0 advantage.
Lyceum, however, refused to give up as Joshua Labuyo’s shot found the back of the net to narrow down the deficit to 2-1 with just seven minutes left in regulation.
The late game rally of Lyceum was halted when Benilde scored a third goal in the 90th minute courtesy of Gaudin Maasin.
In other game, Arellano University stunned defending champion San Beda College, 2-1.
San Beda sat on the driver seat in the first 45 minutes after Connor Tacagni’s shot hit its mark in the 38th minute for a 1-0 lead at halftime.
As the play resumed, Arel¬lano’s renewed vigor paid off with a goal in the 54th minute by Charles Vincent Gamutan to level the tally at 1-1.
Arellano turned the tide against San Beda in the final 20 minutes with Ronald Espinosa’s successful strike, giving the Chiefs a 2-1 lead.
San Beda fought to salvage the game into a draw but Arellano’s defense prevented them from tallying another mark for their side.
“Of course, its an honor to win against San Beda. This will be a good motivation for us going into the next round,” Arellano head coach Ravelo Saluria told The Manila Times.
“We are happy with the win but our work does not stop here. Although we are already in the Final Four, we will still work hard to improve our performance,” he added.
With the win, Arellano capped the elimination round with an unblemished record of six wins to take the top spot of the rankings while San Beda dropped to the second spot with four wins, a draw and a loss.