STALLION Laguna FC continued to be a puzzle for defending champion and league-leading Ceres-Negros FC after the former forced the latter into a 1-1 draw in a Philippines Football League match on Saturday at the Biñan Football Stadium.

Riding a 16-game winning streak entering the contest, Ceres found the going tough against Stallion as it eventually was held to a draw.

It was the second time that the “Busmen” was held to a tie in the ongoing PFL season; the first one coming on opening day on May 25 also against Stallion, 2-2.

The two teams got the scoring early in the match with Robert Lopez Mendy finding the mark for Ceres in the 4th minute.

It did not take long for Stallion to level the count with Abou Sy finding the bottom of the net two minutes later.

The squads tried to add on their goals the rest of the way but not team would budge with their stand en route to finishing the match knotted and splitting the point.

Despite the draw, Ceres (16-2-0) still holds a commanding lead at the top of the race with 50 points. It also has yet to lose in the ongoing tournament.

Stallion (9-6-5), meanwhile, improved to 33 points, good for solo third place.

Kaya FC-Iloilo (14-1-3) is at second place with 43 points while Green Archers United FC (7-5-6) is at fourth with 26 points.

The rest of the positioning in the standings after Saturday’s fixture has Mendiola FC 1991 (3-4-10) at fifth with 13 points, Philippine Air Force FC (3-2-16) at sixth with 11 points and Global Cebu FC (1-4-13) with seven points. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo