Colina hat trick powers NU to second straight win
Santino Honasan on Mar 02, 2017 04:48 PM
Lawrence Colina, 20, celebrates after scoring a goal agaisnt De La Salle
Newly-transitioned striker Lawrence Colina came up with the best individiual performance of the season so far, scoring a hat trick to help National University come back and blow by De La Salle University, 3-1, in UAAP men's football action, Thursday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo de Manila University.
After controlling a lot of the action in the first 45 minutes of action, DLSU got on the board first in the second half, with Rigo Joseph scoring in the 54th minute.
From then on, the Bulldogs would take over, with Colina scoring his first goal, finding the equalizer off a deflected attempt in the 76th minute.
Less than ten minutes later, Colina hit the go-ahead goal for NU in the 84th minute, to put the pressure on the Green Archers.
Unfolding in a similar fashion to the UST-DLSU match where in the Taft side managed to pull even in injury time, the Green Archers pushed the pace as regulation came to an end.
Instead of La Salle getting to pull even however, it was again NU who managed to get a chance at another goal after a foul was committed inside the box.
The red-hot Colina managed to complete his hat trick, the first of the season so far, by getting the ball to bounce in, past DLSU keeper Kirby Almonte.
"Patience, at balik lang sa plano," NU head coach Mari Aberasturi said post match, referring to his boys responding after being down a goal early in the second half. "Kasi ang plano, na-practice yun, may magyayari talaga sa end game."
"Ginawa ko lang yung best ko," said hat trick-scorer Colina, who was the first person in men's football this season to record a hat trick.
"Although naunahan kami mag-score, hindi kami sumuko, stick to the plan, ginawa lang din namin yung best namin."
With the win, NU improves to two wins, one draw, and three losses for seven points.
DLSU on the other hand, drops to one win, two draws, and four losses for five points.