UP breezes past Adamson in UAAP men's football
Santino Honasan on Mar 26, 2017 11:54 AM
Christian Lapaz assisted and scored to help UP beat Adamson, 3-1.
The sweltering morning heat couldn't stop University of the Philippines as they rolled through Adamson University, 3-1, Sunday at the FEU Diliman Field.
The Maroons got off to a quick start in the first half, with Raphael Resuma making good on a pass from Christian Lapas in the 35th minute.
Just eight minutes later, Lapas would be the one finishing, pushing the Maroon advantage to two goals.
The Falcons didn't go down without a fight however, as Marc De Guzman pulled one back to make it a manageable 2-1 lead for UP at the half.
In the 49th minute, Javier Bonoan gave the Maroons a bit of breathing room, as he converted off a free kick from JB Borlongan to make it 3-1 in favor of the Maroons.
The defending champions would keep control for the rest of the match, managing multiple shots on goal, but just couldn't finish, allowing the score to stand at 3-1 after ninety minutes.
"I thought we did well in the first half, the attacking objectives were met, unfortunately a lapse in defending led to a goal and that sort of changed the complexion," UP head coach Anto Gonzales said.
The Maroons have taken care of business in their last two matches, getting the W's even without team captain Daniel Gadia, defender Ian Clarino, and keeper Ace Villanueva, and Gonzales praised his young core for getting the job done in both outings.
"We have a very good group of young kids, and this team will be very competitive in the next few years. It's a good opportunity for them to work without the leaders, since Gadia and Ace will be done with their playing years after this season, so it's a good opportunity for the younger ones to step up, in terms of leadership, most especially."
With the win, UP improves to seven wins, three draws, and one loss for 24 points in the season, just two behind league-leaders Ateneo.
Adamson drops to one win and ten losses for three points in the season.