Dominant Titans keep football crown

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Sunday, August 10, 2014


THE Titans in Greek mythology are the gods who once ruled the earth. In the Milo Little Olympics, they are simply the football champions.

The PAREF Springdale Titans showed they are deserving of their moniker as they once again ruled secondary division football, blanking the spirited Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles, 2-0, for their second straight football title.

“They have been consistent in the last three games. They had some jitters because it’s the championship but they managed to adjust and some good plays came in,” a proud and exhilarated PAREF Springdale coach Mario Ceniza told Sun.Star Cebu after the win.

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“This time, our conditioning and our preparations were put into this last game. The boys played very well. However, I put my hats off to Ateneo because they also played well but it’s just like that, there is a winner and a loser and we’re lucky that we made it,” said Mario, whose squad last year beat SHS-AdC, 3-0, for the title.

The Titans controlled the match and launched a salvo of attacks early on spearheaded by the impressive ball-handling skills of skipper Lorenzo Ceniza and wingers James Haosen and Sabine Veloso.

After a couple of attempts, Veloso calmly took a free kick just outside the box and accurately kicked it into the direction of midfielder Tyrone Jacalan, who headed the ball into the net for the first goal in the 29th minute.

PAREF Springdale continued to attack SHS-AdC in the second half. Mark Nacional saw an opportunity in a scramble and struck the ball inside the box. Though Nacional’s shot lacked the power, it still went in after SHS-AdC goalie Joseph Ariche dove at the wrong direction.

Despite being up 2-0, PAREF Springdale continued to step on the pedal. Lorenzo threatened to score with a volley that was deflected by Ariche. Veloso also had the goalkeeper on his toes with a powerfully-struck ball that bounced off the near post.

SHS-AdC refused to give up with Bertram Musni putting pressure on the defense but his attack went wide.

Meanwhile, Don Bosco Technology Center managed to grab third place honors with a 2-0 victory over Abellana National School (ANS)-Pomeroy despite missing some of their key players – team captain Erik Vincent Lovitos and John Reña – due to injuries.

Agustin Roa stepped up and scored a quick goal against ANS-Pomeroy in just the sixth minute of regulation.

Miguel Friedrich Mercader made the second goal just before the halftime break in the 30th minute. (EKA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 10, 2014.

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