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Sunday, October 6, 2013
THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars proved that they are still the best collegiate side in Cebu City after reclaiming the crown in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football tournament with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors last night on the Cebu City Sports Center football pitch.
The Jaguars, who won the first four titles of the Cesafi football tournament, now have their second straight.
“We just focused on the game and not repeated what happened in the last game. We ended up with a nice and clean game. We were really focused on winning the championship. I’m happy with the win,” USJ-R coach Joselito Bono said after the match.
The last meeting between both teams in the elimination round turned ugly after USJ-R goalkeeper Joel Cahilog was slapped with a red card for punching Yves Caballero. USC got the better of the matchup and beat USJ-R, 2-0.
Despite the physicality of the match, USJ-R players remained focused and started out strong on the offensive end with continuous attack by tall striker Rikko de Guzman.
De Guzman kept on pressing the action but he was unlucky with his attempts that either went wide or got deflected by USC goalie Leonard Tan.
USC started to gain momentum in the second half and traded shots with USJ-R. However, like USJ-R, USC also didn’t hit its target.
“In the second half we were off with our defense but we managed to adjust our defense and prevented their attack,” said Bono.
Attempt after attempt kept coming from both sides in extra time but neither squad hit that elusive goal, sending the match to a penalty shootout.
De Guzman scored the first goal of the match with a nifty low ball that went past Tan.
Karl Arcenas equalized with a shot that dazzled Cahilog.
The next two kickers from both sides, USJ-R’s Harold Daga and USC’s Matthew Minoza, converted their shots to make it 2-2.
USJ-R took a 3-2 lead after Anthony Tabuelog hit the back of the net, while USC’s Carlo Abellana’s shot was deflected by Cahilog.
With Junifer Ebero’s miss, John Daniel Caballero equalized the match, 3-3, after converting his shot.
USJ-R’s last kicker, Jestone Pialago, had a successful attempt for a 4-3 lead. USC’s fifth kicker Noel Madraga made a crucial mistake after missing his shot to hand USJ-R the win.
On the other hand, University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) won third place after edging out University of Cebu (UC), 9-8, in a penalty shootout.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 07, 2013.