USLS-IS edges UNO-R in penalty to win U13 crown-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
A CLEAN slate for University of St. La Salle marked its dominance in the green grass, as it edged arch-rival University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, 3-2, in the penalty shootout to capture the 2nd Negros First U13 Football Tournament at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
The Baby Rams were the aggressor in the early minutes as Luis Clauor found an opening from the right flank just above the penalty box and sent the ball straight past the La Sallian keeper for his team’s first goal in the 3rd minute.
UNO-R continued to be aggressive trying to score more goals but the USLS defense stood strong behind the tough defense from eventual ‘Best Defender’ Franz Lorenzo Ramos.
Most valuable player’ Rafael Jose Gonzaga hit the equalizer after beating UNO-R’s goalie.
The Recoletos boys retained its composure as Jan Rey Mendoza scored in the 23rd minute for the lead. USLS’ Paolo Enrique Valmayor, however, rolled the equalizer n the 36th minute for a 2-all regulation.
Both squads failed to score in the extension and were forced for a penalty shootout with the La Sallians prevailing.
UNO-R’s Justin Lazaro was named “best goalkeeper,” while Andres Bonifacio ES’ Bryant John Alianza and Neil Panes of Apolinario Mabini ES were named “best midfielder” and “best striker,” respectively.
Alianza scored 7 goals to lead ABES over AMES, 9-3 for third place with Panes scoring 2 goals for the losers.
Tournament chairman Andrew Infante, meanwhile, said that far as the organizing committee is concerned, they saw the increase in the level of competition.
“We can see how the players have interacted with their teammates as well as their opponents. We can say that though there are still a number of them who play like little kids but many have shown expertise and even play like experienced players,” he added.
Infante said that the tournament was very successful not only in the finals, but also during the eliminations because of the parents and schools’ support.
Sponsor Ricky Yanson of Dynamic Builders stressed that the tournament’s turnout was great, adding, that they may add more age categories in the next season.
“The level of performance was high in spite of the fact that those playing on the pitch are only kids. With this program, I believe that we may able to raise future football stars from the grassroots,” he added.
The champion received P7,000, while the 2nd placer has P5,000 and 3rd placer with P3,000 worth of football equipment.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 30, 2013.