FEU booters win fourth straight, hand UST first loss of season
Santino Honasan on Mar 20, 2016 07:11 AM
Rookie Dave Deloso (18) scored twice to help defending champions Far Eastern University take down top-seeded University of Santo Tomas for their fourth straight win
For the second straight game, the defending champion Far Eastern University Tamaraws handed a team their first loss of the season, beating the top-seeded University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 4-0, Saturday evening at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig.
Rookie Dave Deloso had himself a brace, while skipper Eric Giganto and Michael Menzi both added goals of their own to push the Tamaraws to their fourth straight win.
The defending champions had control of the possession for a big chunk of the match, putting the pressure on the league leaders.
Midway into the first half, it looked as though Val Jurao was on his way to scoring the first goal of the match, but match officials decided that Jurao was offside.
The stalemate wouldn’t last long however, as Deloso would get things going for FEU with a 32nd minute goal.
Being a goal down isn’t new territory for the Tigers, as they have fought back before, and that’s what they aimed to do in the second half. Unfortunately for them, not much would change as the Tamaraws continued prevent UST from mounting much offense.
The defending champs however, had no such problems getting their shots off, as Deloso found another goal in the 65th minute to double the lead and his scoring output for the day.
With less than ten minutes left in regulation, the Tamaraws put the game away, with a Giganto conversion from an assist by Paolo Bugas in the 81st minute, followed by Menzi making good off an assist from Val Jurao to bring the final tally at 4-0.
FEU becomes the first team to get the better of UST this season, and for Giganto, this win should have come a lot earlier for them.
“Actually dapat nung first round pa yan eh. Yun lang, yung mga chances namin before, hindi lang pumasok so ngayon, yun yung mga finocus namin sa training, yung mga finishing touches papuntang goal,” Giganto told ABS-CBN Sports.
UST still remains at the top of the standings with five wins, three draws, and one loss for 18 points, while the defending champion Tamaraws leapfrog into second place tying DLSU at five wins, two draws and two losses for 17 points, but holding the advantage in goal difference.
FEU has now won their fourth straight match, and are once again showing everyone why they’re back-to-back champions.