La Salle booters keep UAAP lead

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) tightened their grip of the top spot in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) football tournament with a 6-0 rout of Adamson University (ADU) at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field on Thursday.

La Salle, unbeaten in six games, now holds a record of five wins and a draw while Adamson has five losses and a single win.

The Green Archers relied on the hat trick of Gregory Yang plus the goals of Jed Diamanete, Gelo Diamante and Yoshiharu Koizumi to post their most resounding win of the season.

The green shirts came out strong out of the gates, commencing their raids in the first five minutes of the contest.


Their attack paid off after six minutes courtesy of a strike by Yang off a free kick, which was quickly followed by another goal in the 16th minute to give his side a 2-0 lead.

Diamanete scored a goal in the 19th minute following a crazy sequence inside the box.

DLSU continued to dictate the pace of the match in the remaining minutes of the opening half with ADU responding with quick bursts of offense.

The Falcons’ defense held firmly as the play resumed for the second half but the relentless assaults of the Archers pierced through with the third goal by Yang in the 62nd minute.

La Salle scored two more goals in swift succession courtesy of Diamante in the 67th minute and Koizumi in the 74th.

“I did not mention anything about how many goals we need to score. I just said this is the chance to improve our finishing because it has not been that great. Our defense is just holding it that is why we are where we are right now,” head coach Hans Smit told The Manila Times.

He added that they had a different game plan going into their game against Adamson and that he is glad that his approach worked well.

“I trained the boys the whole week with high pressure because all the other teams played Adamson the way they normally play. I played them differently,” he said.

Meanwhile, defending champions Far Eastern University (FEU) ended their two-game losing skid after defeating University of the East (UE), 5-1.

With the win, FEU improved its win-loss-draw card to two wins, two draws and two losses.

Val Jurao scored two goals while Dave Deloso, Dominic Coninigo and Reymart Cubon contributed one goal each for the Morayta-based Tamaraws.

On the other hand, Mar Diano scored the lone goal for the Red Warriors in the 83rd minute of the match as UE drops to five losses and a draw.

JAELLE NEVIN REYES

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