The University of St. La Salle-IS and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos are taking the 1-2 position in the Negros First Under 13 Football Tournament as both squads posted convincing wins against separate opponents at the Panaad Park and Stadium pitch in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, Saturday.
The La Sallians blanked Bata Elementay School 7-nil, while UNO-R dealt defending champion Moises Padilla ES a 3-1 setback as both teams registered their seventh win in the tournament.
The young Ram booters are on a roll with seven straight wins after dropping their opening day assignment against USLS, whose winning streak was halted by a draw against St. Scholastica during their August 17 match-up.
The draw, however, did not dampen the spirit of the USLS team as they bounced back with a 4-0 victory against Moises Padilla four days later, while UNO-R turned back St. Scholastica, 3-0.
During Saturday's game, USLS' seven goals against Bata ES were delivered by Rafael Gonzaga with three goals, Ryan Locsin, Angelo Servando, Chyle Miraflores, and Jose Francis Espinosa.
UNO-R's scorers against Moises Padilla were Jericho de la Cruz (2 goals) and John Michael Hugo. Jim Christian Mendoza prevented a shutout for the Magallon boys with a marker in the 27 th minute.
Meanwhile, Andres Bonifacio Elementary School and Mabini ES shared the same record of six wins and two losses with ABES having a higher difference of 24 to secure the No. 3 spot and Mabini landing at No. 4.
ABES notched their sixth win Saturday at the expense of St. Scho, 4-0, with goals coming from Audrie Mapa, Chris Valderama, Bryant John Alianza and an own goal from SSA'S Sean Jamora.
Mabini also posted their sixth victory with a 3-0 taming of St. John's Institute with Johnsent Catoto, Neil John Panes, and Seth Michael Cañada scoring for the team.
Sharing an identical 3-2-2 win-loss-draw card are Don Bosco Technical Institute, Trinity Christian School, St. Scholastica, and Moises Padilla, while West Negros University carries a 3-5-0 record and SJI with 2-5-1.
Bata and Montevista are still seeking for their first win in the tournament.*NAB
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