Reigning champion San Beda College (SBC) demolished University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD), 14-0, to notch its third win in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football tournament held at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Saturday.
The Mendiola XI previously beat the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals, 12-0, with five goals all scored in the opening half before thumping the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) Cardinals, 17-0.
“I think the reason for the score line in our matches is the collective efforts of the team. Our goal every time out is to get the early goal in the first 15 minutes of each match,” head coach Christopher Pedimonte said in Filipino in an interview with The Manila Times.
Pedimonte added that they couldn’t afford to be complacent particularly for their next match, despite their convincing wins in the previous three games.
“I told the team that the first real test our team will face will be on December 9 against Lyceum. In that game, we would be able to test if we can really defend our crown,” he said.
According to Pedimonte, a former Under-23 national football team standout, they will focus on preparing against Lyceum in their next training sessions.
“We will review our game plan going into the game against Lyceum. The coaching staff will be talking about creating a special approach on our game against them.”
In addition, Lyceum, that lost to San Beda in last season’s finals, is also undefeated in their first two games this year trouncing Perpetual, 2-0, and notching a default win against EAC that are now playing with a depleted roster.
In the first match of the third day, the Arellano University Chiefs slipped past College of Saint Benilde, 1-0, via Jumbeng Guinabang’s goal.
The next games are slated on Wednesday, with Mapua taking on Saint Benilde at 9 a.m. followed by the matches between Lyceum and San Beda at 11 a.m. and Perpetual and Emilio Aguinaldo at 1 p.m.