With all the attention towards the Azkals, let's not forget that there are still a lot of football action in the country as the San Beda Red Lions were crowned as champions of the NCAA Football Tournament after outclassing title rivals, St. Benilde 1-0 in Tuesday's early kickoff earning San Beda an undefeated season similar to the performance of their basketball team last year.
Below is the press release from the NCAA:
San Beda wins football title
by NCAA Press Release
Date posted: Tue, Feb 22, 2011, 7:40 pm
San Beda turned back a fiesty St. Benilde side, 1-0, to regain the title the former lost to the latter last year at the conclusion of the 86th NCAA football tournament at the Philsports pitch in Pasig City yesterday.
Striker Roy Lanting unleashed a rocket-like goal on the 38th minute that proved the clincher as the Lions toughened up on their defense the rest of the way prevent the Blazers from forcing a rubber match to snare the crown.
The Mendiola-based booters thus completed a historic 10-game sweep, duplicating the 18-game sweep accomplished by its basketball team in the seniors' division.
Ace striker Bongbong Roxy Dorlas, a national team member, also proved key as his leadership helped San Beda to recapture the crown after dropping a heartbreaking 0-1 setback in the finals to the same St. Benilde squad.
This is San Beda's sixth title this season following triumphs in basketball, swimming, men's table tennis and men's and women's taekwondo that gave them some cushion in the race for the overall championship with centerpiece track and field still to be played late this month at the Philsports field.
"We won football and we gained some points in our bid to win our first overall championship," said Jose Mari Lacson, San Beda's representative to the Management Committee chaired by Frank Gusi of San Sebastian.
In the other game, Ariel Arsenal came through with a magnificent five-goal effort as Arellano U walloped a hapless Perpetual Help, 24-0, to clinch a strong third place finish for a school that is only in the league for only two seasons.