MANILA, Philippines – Rico Andes overcame his scoring woes to power Far Eastern University (FEU) to a dominant 7-0 victory over Adamson University in the UAAP Season 80 men's football tournament on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
It was the first time in the tournament that the Tamaraws got full points.
Scoreless in their first four matches, Andes found the back of the net in the 41st, 79th, and 88th minute to help the Tamaraws move up with five points in the table.
Andes, who had six goals in Season 79, became the second player this year to notch a hat-trick. Marvin Briceno of University of Santo Tomas also had three goals during their season opener last February 4 – incidentally, against FEU.
FEU scored two goals near the end of the first half, with Andes and Marole Bungay finding the back on the net.
Alex Rayos Jr. tapped in the ball for another goal in the 58th minute, while Audie Menzi scored a header seven minutes later that opened the floodgates for the Tamaraws.
Andes found an empty net in the 79th minute, followed by a goal by substitute Harold Alcoresa six minutes later to make it 6-0.
From a John Paul Salilig cross, Andes capped his splendid showing with a 88th minute strike.
Earlier, De La Salle University nipped University of the East (UE), 3-2, in a five-goal thriller to move up to solo third with nine points.
Subsitute Paolo Perez netted the 49th minute strike which turned out to be the winning moment for the Green Archers.
La Salle's Darius Diamante opened the scoring in the 30th minute from a Juan Rafael Siggaoat assist.
The Red Warriors then grabbed the 2-1 lead with Mark Diano and Regil Galaura on target in the 38th and 39th minute, respectively.
Christopher Lawless then restored parity for La Salle with a first-half stoppage time strike - his second goal of the season.
UE is stuck at four points. Meanwhile, Adamson has yet to score a point in Season 80.
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