San Beda outclassed its opponent to set in motion their championship bid in the 90th NCAA football competition that unfolded on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Matthew Asong uncorked three goals as the Red Booters devoured the Perpetual Help Altas, 9-0.
Asong, a proud son of Bacolod City, scored two goals in the first half when San Beda, out for the fourth straight championship, erected a 5-0 lead and added another one in the second to cap the one-sided win.
"We're eager to defend our title," said Christopher Pedimonte, San Beda's acting coach in lieu of Aries Caslib, who is in Singapore coaching the national team in the ongoing Singha Cup.
San Beda's other goal-scorers for the Red Booters were Englishman Connor Tacagni and Jim Ashley Flores with two apiece and Nimrod Balabat and Mike Daniel Riconalla with one each.
source: ABS-CBN News