La Salle downs University of the East for first win after opening-day draw in UAAP football

YOSHIHARU Koizumi scored on a free kick in the 17th minute to power La Salle to a 2-0 victory over University of the East in the UAAP football tournament on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

An erratic second half for the boys of coach Hans Smit almost allowed UE to get back into the match, the Warriors repeatedly testing the La Salle defense.

An own goal, however, deflated the hopes of a late stunner for the Red Warriors.

Noel Brago's free kick was deflected by UE fullback Rino Saldivar and into the back of their own net in the 79th.

The Green Booters improved to four points in their second game following an opening-day draw with University of the Philippines.

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