by Jason Mercene
Despite playing against the home team, it was the Fighting Maroons who came rampaging as both men’s and women’s teams netted victories against their FEU counterparts.
The UP Lady Booters started the day on the winning track as they scored an upset over defending champion Lady Tamaraws, 1-nil, Sunday at the FEU-FERN Football Field.
After a scoreless halftime, Mary Rose Obra broke away from her defender to score the lone goal of the match, lifting the Lady Booters to its first win this season.
Meanwhile, in the battle of the top two teams in men’s division, second-running UP imposed their might as they dismantled league-leading FEU, 3-nil.
Just four minutes into the first half, rookie Primo Santos came surging as he hit a long goal while veteran Jinggoy Valmayor connected on his attempt in the sixth minute to put UP in a commanding 2-0 advantage.
The lead did not stop Maroon’s offense as Gabriel Mendoza chipped in another goal in the 86th handing the previously undefeated Tamaraws their first loss this season.
The Anto Gonzalez-mentored squad improved to 5-0-3 card with 15 points, three points behind FEU, while the UP women’s team has four points tied for fourth place with DLSU.