University of Perpetual Help System DALTA beat Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) 4-2 for its first win in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 91 football tournament on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
After incurring three straight losses, the Altas entered the win column with a convincing win over the Generals to improve their record to 1-3.
The match started slow but swiftly took a turn in favor of Perpetual after a conversion by Regie Zaldriaga in the first minute of stoppage time of the opening half earning his team a 1-0 lead at the break.
As play resumed, two goals in quick succession were notched by the Altas as Rhon Reyes and Allen Lozano scored in the 57th and 65th, respectively.
The Generals, however, refused to go down without a fight as they retaliated with a goal in the 69th minute courtesy of Joshua Olarve.
Perpetual’s Ivhan Nepomuceno found a gap in EAC’s defense in the 74th minute to propel his club to a comfortable 4-1 edge with less than 30 minutes left.
Before the final whistle, EAC’s Reymond Dela Rosa succeeded in reducing the deficit to just two goals as he left his defenders to notch the second goal of his crew.
“This is a chance for us to show them and to prove that we can also win in this tournament,” said Perpetual head coach Miguel Cajes.
The Altas opened their campaign with losses against Lyceum, 0-2, College Saint Benilde, 0-7, and defending champion San Beda College, 0-14.
Since their appearance in the recent Philippine National Games, Cajes said his team’s progress have been moving in a slow pace as they only train in the small pitch inside their campus in Las Piñas.
“Our target is to reach the top four but we are already in the crucial stages especially that three of my key players will be suspended [because of red cards]in our next game against Arellano,” added Cajes.
In the other matches, Benilde toppled Mapua Institute of Technology, 9-1, while San Beda booked its fourth win at the expense of Lyceum, 1-0.