MANILA, Philippines – San Beda College overpowered a listless Emilio Aguinaldo College, 11-0, to kick off its bid for a sixth consecutive championship in the NCAA Season 91 men's football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Field.
Ralph Abriol had four goals, including two in the first half as the Red Lions ran out to a 5-0 lead. He had another two in the second when they put the Generals away for good for their first win of the season.
"We really went for a big win because we want this first game to dictate what it's going to be like for us this season," San Beda assistant coach Christopher Pediamonte said.
Miguel Caindec opened the scoring for San Beda with a quick strike in just the eighth minute, before Abriol scored a brace in the span of 12 minutes starting in the 13th, which set the tone for the rout.
December 3, 2015 8:08 pm by JAELLE NEVIN REYES REPORTER
Lopsided wins marked the second day of the elimination round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football tournament as defending champion San Beda College (SBC), Arellano University (AU) and College of Saint Benilde (CSB) soundly demolished their foes at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Thursday.
In the first match, Arellano posted a commanding 7-0 victory against the Emilio Aguinaldo College for their second consecutive win.
The Chiefs started hot with a goal by Jumbeng Guinabang in the 16th minute that paved the way for six more goals throughout the match. It was EAC’s second straight loss.
Meanwhile, Saint Benilde also maintained their position in the winning column with a 7-0 win against the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA in the succeeding game.
The College of Saint Benilde (CSB) outplayed defending champion San Beda College (SBC), 1-0, in its first game in the second round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 91 Football Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium late Tuesday.
The match started with San Beda aggressively blasting through the defense of Saint Benilde.
CSB attempted to reverse the situation before the break with a close shot from their frontline but failed as the two squads entered halftime in a goal-less deadlock.
At the start of the second half, the Green-and-Black booters finally broke the deadlock with a goal courtesy of Valentino Calvo in the 48th minute.
San Beda deployed fresh legs but Saint Benilde’s airtight defense foiled their attacks.
With regulation time coming to an end, San Beda made a desperate shot off a free kick which was deflected by a Saint Benilde keeper.
“It was a tactical decision to slow down the pace in the first half to bring the game until the final minutes of the match because San Beda really has the edge over us in the number of players,” CSB head coach Marlon Maro said in an interview with The Manila Times.
San Beda keeps six-peat dream alive, defeats Arellano
Written by: Numark Cutaran2016/01/16 6:30 PM
Things were decided as the final four of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football tournament continued today, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
What should have been a perfect end to the Arellano Chiefs’ perfect season, the San Beda Red Lions spoiled, after defeating the Chiefs in a nail-bitting affair, 2-1.
As the officials whistled the start of the game, the defending NCAA champions went to an offensive barrage that pressured the Arellano defense. The Chiefs made their own version of an offensive attack, but the Red Lions wasted their valiant efforts.
With a neck-to-neck battle between both teams, none were able to draw a goal resulting to a nil-nil deadlock by halftime.
Opening the second half, the Red Lions, once again, tormented the defense of Arellano, but none of their attempts were able to meet the back of the net to break the deadlock.
Going through the deep waters of the game, both teams tried to take the driver’s seat, however, both team’s efforts weren’t enough, and the game ended at a draw. It was during the Extra time wherein the complexion of the game changed. It only took two minutes after the start of extra time for the Red shirts to record the game’s first goal. Nimrod Balabat nailed the first goal to give the Mendiola XI a 1-0 advantage.
However, before the referee whistled for halftime break of extra time, the Chiefs was awarded a penalty kick that led to a goal courtesy of Patrick Bernarte to level the game at 1.
As time winded down, San Beda’s urgency showed another offensive assault that finally resulted in a free kick. Practice paid off for Aljo Zabala, as he nailed the kick from the top of the box giving SBC a 2-1 advantage that resulted in their victory over the Legarda-based kickers.
Arellano Ends San Beda’s Reign for NCAA Football Crown
@inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 07:09 PM January 19th, 2016
Arellano U played inspired ball and pulled off a stunning 2-0 victory over league powerhouse San Beda Tuesday to snare its first ever title in the 91st NCAA football tournament at the Rizal Football Field.
Charles Vincent Gamutan and Jumbeng Guinabang delivered the decisive goals as the Chiefs completed their fairy tale run and snared their first football championship since they joined the league six years ago.
The win also ended San Beda’s five-year domination of the sport while finally giving Arellano its first title after two failed attempts in 2012 and 2013 when the latter was denied twice by the former.
“We kept the faith, we always believed we’re capable of doing great things,” said Arellano U coach Ravelo Saluria in Filipino.
The Little Team That Could: How Arellano Ruled NCAA Football
The unfancied, unfashionable Arellano Chiefs ended San Beda's dynasty with an unorthodox, old-school approach.
Bob Guerrero Published 10:08 AM, January 20, 2016 Updated 5:33 PM, January 20, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Arellano University's football coach, Ravelo Saluria, is just minutes removed from his team's 2-0 championship game victory against San Beda last Tuesday, January 19, in Rizal Memorial. His jubilant players have just poured a giant jug of ice and water over his head – not a bad idea since the match kicked off a quarter of an hour before noon on a warm day. The veteran mentor from Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo reminisces about how tough things were for his team.
“Ang San Beda may mga maling na coaches, kami naman may mga mahal na cones,” he recounts with a smile.
(San Beda has the good coaches, we have the expensive cones.)
Saluria reveals that the team often trains in the parking lot/quadrangle of the Arellano campus, oftentimes when cars were still parked in it. Players had to slalom around idle Toyotas and Mazdas to hone their skills.
Such are the issues that this plucky team had to weather enroute to the NCAA Season 91 title, their first in history. The title meant San Beda's dominance of the league's seniors football competition ended at 5 straight championships.
They may not have the glitz and the glamor, the easy access to pitches, the cachet and the recruiting power. But what Arellano does have is the trophy. How they achieved it is one of the early feel-good stories of Pinoy football in 2016.
Everything about this team seems to be throwback, starting with their veteran coach, who, unlike the staff of San Beda, has no coaching license, not even a basic “C” badge. Saluria only has his years of experience playing for Army and leading Philippine Christian University to 3 straight titles at the turn of the millennium. (He is also a former FIFA referee.) The assistant is Ravelo's brother Judy, who former Philippine national team coach Juan Cutillas says was one of the best defenders the country ever produced.
The goalkeeper is Jericho Desalisa, the tallest on the team at 6 foot-plus. He's a bit of an old-schooler himself, preferring to stay home near his line instead of venture out like many modern keepers. He even drop-kicks his clearances.
Their back 4 formation also looks like it's been yanked out of a trunk in the attic. Most teams use a flat back 4 with the two centerbacks side-by-side. But Saluria deploys rookie Patrick Bernarte as the sweeper, anywhere from 5 to 10 meters behind the stopper (the more advanced centerback), Jerome Banasihan.
Saluria says the scheme is ideal for undersized teams, with Bernarte serving as a “space marker,” as he calls it when the stopper ahead is unable to squelch the attack. The scheme leaves two huge triangles of space on either side of the defense for the opponents to exploit, but somehow the Chiefs succeed with this scheme.
Bernarte is slight of build and of stature, nothing like the behemoth centerbacks of other teams. But Saluria saw something in him to convert him from the wing, where he played on Arellano's high school team, to the heart of the defense. The youngster won the league's Best Defender award, so obviously it was one change that bore fruit.
It's in attack that Arellano are both pragmatic and exciting to watch. Robert Corsame, who mans the top of their 442 formation alongside Charles Gamutan, says that they like to practice long ball tactics because its what suits them.
They used that strategy to great effect in the lead up to the final match. Corsame set up Jumbel Guinabang for a score last week against Benilde with a magnificent long diagonal.
Arellano swept the first round, and then during the Christmas break, in between the two rounds, used their secret weapon to stay in shape.
Although Arellano previously trained on their parking lot, last year the school let them use an open field in Lagro, Fairview, owned by the university, to train. Over the Christmas holidays, after the first round and before the second, the Chiefs practiced at the venue that may have been lacking grass in spots but was at least big enough for a serious football team.
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