Arellano barges into NCAA Season 93 Football finals
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 09, 2018 09:44 AM
Arellano downs LPU to return to the NCAA Football finals, while defending champs San Beda forces a do-or-die matchup against CSB
Arellano University made their way into the finals of the NCAA Season 93 football tournament after downing Lyceum of the Philippines University, 3-1, in their semifinals matchup Monday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
After a quiet opening 45 minutes, the second-seeded Chiefs took over in the second half, scoring three goals to break the match wide open.
Charles Gamutan began the second frame with a goal in the 46th minute, followed by a conversion from Roberto Corsame Jr. ten minutes later.
Patrick Bernate put the game on ice with a 71st minute goal to triple the Chiefs’ lead.
Third-seeded Lyceum managed to avoid a shutout courtesy of Levi Manahan’s 81st minute goal.
Arellano makes their way back into the season finale after hoisting the men’s football championship back in NCAA Season 91.
In the other semifinals pairing, defending champions San Beda managed to stay alive, besting College of Saint Benilde, 2-1, and forcing a do-or-die match for the last Finals spot.
Mark Magtoto gave the Red Lions an early lead after scoring in the 29th minute.
Last season’s runners-up CSB responded in the second half, with Major Dean Ebarle finding the equalizer in the 52nd.
A last minute goal in injury time from Nimrod Balabat gave the 21-time NCAA football champions the season-saving win.
After voluntarilty forfeiting a couple of games due to player ineligibility, San Beda, who entered the Final Four as the top seed, dropped to the fourth seed, while CSB rose to the top seed and gained a twice-to-beat advantage in the semis.
The do-or-die matchup between San Beda and CSB is set for Wednesday, January 10th, also at the Rizal Memorial Football Field.
In Juniors action, the Finals are set, with La Salle Greenhills and San Beda advancing.