Juniors champions La Salle Greenhills (LSGH) trounced Emilio Aguinaldo College, 6-1, in their first round match in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Monday.
Theodore Travis led the Greenies with four goals while Vin Dela Cruz registered a brace performance.
The duo of Travis and Dela Cruz quickly made their presence felt in the pitch as the former struck his first goal in the 10th minute immediately followed by the twin goals of the latter, giving their squad a 3-0 lead at the half.
Dela Cruz scored anew in the 64th minute to stretch their lead, 4-0.
The Brigadiers notched a goal in the 71st minute courtesy of Reggie Sulit.
However, Travis led another raid that resulted in two more goals in the 80th minute and during the second minute of stoppage time.
“As expected, the technical skills of my players was higher than our opponents but for now the chemistry of our squad is still improving,” LSGH head coach Freddy Estacion told The Manila Times in Filipino after the game.
Estacion said that he is happy that his wards regained their concentration and were able to bounce back from their draw against Collegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL) in their last outing.
“This is a very young team. We even have players as young as 13 years old. Basically, it’s a very young roster but because of our program, the technical background of my players is good,” Estacion said.
Estacion added that the road toward defending their title this year would be rough because of the departure of their key players.
“I think our title defense this year will be tough. Looking at our opposition, San Beda College, Arellano University and Letran will be a challenge for us,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the AU Braves relied on the eight-goal onslaught of Jhoceryll Sajonia to win 11-0 over host University of Perpetual Help System Dalta.
Arellano’s record in the elimination round improved to two straight wins.
Also, the CSJL Squires notched their initial win in the competition after dispatching Lyceum of the Philippines University, 4-0, in the final game of the triple-header Monday.