San Beda College (SBC) secured the solo lead after beating College of Saint Benilde (CSB), 4-1, in the National Collegiate Athletic Association football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Tuesday.
With the victory, the Red Lions remain the only undefeated squad in this year’s competition with five straight wins in their card. The Blazers hold a record of four wins and one loss.
San Beda’s persistent attacks paid off in the 36th minute after Aljo Zabala scored a well placed free kick a few meters from the box.
Prolific scorer Estephen Abriol, who currently has 10 goals in the competition, doubled San Beda’s lead with a strike of his own in the 40th minute resulting in a 2-0 lead at halftime.
The Bedans continued their raids in the second half and were rewarded with a goal courtesy of Neil Dorimon in the 63rd minute.
St. Benilde’s Valentino Calvo sank his penalty shot in the 88th minute to cut the deficit down to just two goals, 3-1.
However, San Beda scored one more goal courtesy of Mark Castillo to seal its victory.
Meanwhile, host University of Perpetual Help System Dalta notched their second win this season at the expense of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 3-1.
The Generals gained the upper hand in the first half with a strike of Marvin Lianza in the 36th minute.
Perpetual Help retaliated before the break, 1-1, following a goal by Renz Diocena in the third minute of injury time.
Consequently, the Altas recovered from a slow start to score two more goals courtesy of Christopher Armando and Mark Cordero in the 60th and 90th minutes, respectively.
“The problem we encountered is that we started really slow but I’m happy that we were able to bounce back. I’m really proud of the result but we have more things to fill up to be better,” Perpetual Help head coach Jon Carlos told The Manila Times after the match.
“Actually, my main concern with my squad is the discipline because without it we can’t go anywhere. The good thing is that, with the very short time with the team, they are slowly adapting to my new system,” Carlos added.
In the third match, Lyceum of the Philippines University beat Mapua Institute of Technology, 2-1.