College of Saint Benilde beat host University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 4-0, for its third straight victory in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 92 football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Tuesday.
The Blazers banked on the hat trick performance of Renz Tulayba in the second half to outclass the Altas and remain unbeaten in the elimination round.
Benilde was off to a slow start scoring the first goal in the 25th minute courtesy of Jonel Dela Cruz.
Tulayba stepped into the pitch in the second half and posted goals in the 51st, 82nd and 90th minutes to ensure the win for the Blazers.
Meanwhile, San Beda College demolished Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 10-0, through the brace performance of veterans Stephen Abriol, Aljo Zabala and Nimrod Balabat.
The Red Lions quickly established their dominance after the opening whistle as they forced EAC to commit an own goal early in the match.
Filipino-British striker Connor Tacagni doubled San Beda’s lead in just a few minutes with a conversion from a penalty spot.
Abriol stretched the Bedans’ lead with twin goals in the eighth and 10th minutes followed by a shot by Zabala off a free kick resulting in a 5-0 lead going into the intermission.
Mark Castillo added another goal for San Beda in the 47th minute.
Balabat made his presence felt deep in the second half with strikes in the 49th and 56th minutes together with Zabala’s shot in the 55th minute to extend their lead to 9-0.
With just a few minutes left in regulation, substitute Elnie Dorimon contributed a goal.
San Beda head coach Christopher Pedimonte said that he was not satisfied with the result as they were not able to attain their 14-goal target that would put them on top of the standings.
“During this game, for me, it was still a frustrating result because we did not reach our target output to take the lead on goal difference against the other teams,” he told The Manila Times in Filipino after the game.
“I think we’re on the right direction to reclaim the title but I expect that we will still encounter struggles along the way. That is something that I tell my players to prepare for,” he concluded.