JINGGOY Valmayor netted a brace as University of the Philippines whipped University of Santo Tomas, 4-1, on Sunday to maintain a one-point lead in the UAAP Season 77 men's football tournament at the FEU-Diliman pitch.
Valmayor hiked his league-best goal total to 13 after scoring two goals in a span of four minutes before halftime, while Carlos Monfort and Vincent Aguilar also converted first half goals for the Fighting Maroons.
Steven Anotado scored in the 71st minute for UST, already out of the running with 12 points in sixth spoy.
With 24 points, UP remains on top of the table ahead of La Salle, which downed University of the East, 1-0, in a match played at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo.
Gerald Layumas scored off a Nate Alquiros corner in the 13th minute for the second-ranked Green Booters.
Ateneo hiked its total to 22 points in third spot with a 2-1 win over Adamson University.
Julian Acosta scored in the 28th and Renko Gaudiel had a goal in the 52nd for the Blue Eagles, while Bless Brian Jumo II scored the lone goal for the Falcons in the 82th.
Defending champion Far Eastern University opened a four-point cushion over National University in the race for the last semis berth with an emphatic 5-1 victory.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a Paolo Salenga goal but the Tamaraws took control with Arnel Amita scoring twice (46th, 73rd), Jess Melliza coming up with a goal in the 60th, Audie Menzi in the 64th and Michael Menzi in the 79th.
FEU now has 21 points, while NU stayed at 17 points in fifth place.
In women's play, titleholder FEU topped UP, 2-0, to advance to the final, while UST kept its championship hopes alive with a 1-0 win over La Salle.