By Luisa Morales
The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons continue their pursuit of the top spot as they defeated the Adamson University (ADU) Soaring Falcons, 3-1 at the Far Eastern University-Diliman field, Sunday.
Once again playing without veterans Daniel Gadia, Ace Villanueva and Ian Clarino, the young Diliman squad was in top shape despite the handicap.
It was a strong start for UP as they kept Falcon goalie Carl Viray busy. Viray turned away shots from the Maroon offense but soon enough, one got through.
Rvin Resuma got the offense going for State U, scoring a goal at the 35th minute mark with help from teammate Christian Lapas.
With the momentum on their side, it wasn’t long until Lapas rushed past Viray for another goal to give the Maroons a two-goal cushion before the half ended.
But the Soaring Falcons weren’t going to let up just yet. Just before the whistle blew at the half, ADU’s Marc de Guzman took advantage of a defensive error by State U. The goal got Adamson on the board, 2-1 by the half.
Any chance of a comeback from the Falcons was quickly dashed as Javier Bonoan got the ball to the back of the Falcons, with the help of a free kick from JB Borlongan.
By the 49th minute mark, State U regained a two-goal lead.
Despite ADU still pushing until the end, UP goalie Jose Yared and the rest of the defense held their opponents back to keep the score as it was.
The defending champions are breathing on the necks of first-seed Ateneo as they trail only by two points. UP looks to strengthen their title defense against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on March 30 at the Moro Lorenzo Field.