Defending champion Far Eastern University (FEU) and University of the Philippines (UP) defeated their respected foes to extend their winning streaks in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) football tournament at the Moro Lorenzo Field on Thursday.
The Tamaraws, now with six wins two draws and two losses, tightened their grip on the top spot with 20 points while the Fighting Maroons occupies the No.2 spot with five wins, three draws and two defeats for 18 points.
FEU for its fifth straight win beat Adamson University, 3-0, via a brace by Nicolas Ferrer.
The Tamaraws exhibited their aggressive strategy in the early minutes of the game through several attacks on the goal manned by Adamson’s Carl Viray.
Ferrer struck his first marker of the match in the 15th minute after receiving a well-timed pass from veteran Eric Giganto resulting in an easy finish deep inside the Adamson territory.
Not long after, Ferrer scored another goal in the 29th minute giving his side a 2-0 advantage.
Enjoying a two-goal lead before the midgame break, the Tamaraws continued pounding on the defense of the Falcons with a series of raids led by Giganto and Audie Menzi.
At the start of the second half, the Soaring Falcons with renewed vigor, attempted to score a goal but was foiled by FEU shot-stopper RJ Joyel. FEU asserted its dominance on the pitch during the greater part of the final 45 minutes of play with relentless attacks on the Adamson half.
Giganto and defender Joshua Mulero tried to tally a goal but their strikes failed to hit their mark.
Mark Joseph Arranguez fired the last shot for the Tamaraws off an assist from teammate Renz Saldivar in the first minute of extra time to extend his squad’s lead to 3-0 before the final whistle.
Meanwhile, the Fighting Maroons notched back-to-back wins after posting a narrow 1-0 victory over the University of the East Red Warriors.
Niño Muros scored the lone goal in the 24th minute to seal their fifth victory in ten games.
The Fighting Maroons are now tied with the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers with 18 points but the former holds a three-point edge on goal difference.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES