Defending champion Far Eastern University (FEU) battles National University (NU) in the second round of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) football tournament at 2 p.m. today at the Moro Lorenzo Field in Quezon City.
The Tamaraws now lead with a record of seven wins; two draws and two losses while the Bulldogs are No.6 with a 4-3-3 win-draw-loss card.
After dismal start this season, the Tamaraws regained their winning form in the remaining games of the initial round to pull off a six-game winning streak and rekindle their three-peat bid.
FEU opened its campaign with a loss against the University of the Philippines (UP) before posting a win against Adamson University.
The Bulldogs held FEU to a 2-2 draw in the first round before falling into a two-game losing skid against De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas (UST).
The Tamaraws managed to bounce back blazing through their next six opponents.
They clobbered the hapless University of the East (UE), 3-0, through the brace of Val Jurao.
On the other hand, NU, fresh off a 3-2 defeat against La Salle, is keen to move to the top four of the standings.
Despite notching only two victories in the first round, the Bulldogs were off to a positive start in the final round of eliminations with two straight wins against Adamson and UE.
However, they lost to the Green Archers on Saturday courtesy of a late-game goal by Gregory Yang in the third minute of stoppage time.
Meanwhile, the UP Fighting Maroons and the Ateneo Blue Eagles are also slated to clash in the second game at 4 p.m.
UP has a record of six wins, three draws and two defeats and two losses to secure the second seed of the standings while Ateneo occupies the fourth spot with six victories and four defeats.
UP routed Adamson 3-0 the last time out while Ateneo relied on Emilio Acosta’s twin goals in the second half to trounce the Growling Tigers, 4-2.
In the meeting between UP and Ateneo in the first round, Kyle Magdato’s lone strike in the 28th minute allowed the Maroons to escape Ateneo, 1-0.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES