CEBU

DBTC bags top spot

BALL PLAY. DBTC midfielder Richard Jacob Ernest Noel Songalia II (in white) goes for the ball against his USJ-R counterpart during their Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. match. (SunStar Photo/Arni Aclao)

FORMER champion Don Bosco Technical Center (DBTC) finally got its campaign back on track with a convincing win over rival University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), while defending champion Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) had a quiet 4-0 win over guest team Sisters of Mary School-Boystown in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. high school football tournament at the Cebu City Sports Center on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

DBTC, the champion two seasons ago, now leads the standings on goal difference after nailing its second win and handing USJ-R its first loss. DBTC, USJ-R and Ateneo all have six points but the Greywolves have a better goal difference at 13, thanks to its 13-1 win over SMS-Boystown last week.

USJ-R, which lost the chance to win the title via sweep, is second with a +6 goal difference, while SHS-Ateneo is third at +4. The University of San Carlos-Basic Education Department is fourth at four points but can get the top spot if it beats SMS-Boystown via a wide margin on Sunday, Sept. 22.

On Sept. 21, DBTC got ahead early in the first with Charles Unabia redirecting Josh Asignar’s free kick in the first half. They could have doubled the lead with a slew of chances late in the half, with Asignar failing to beat a retreating USJ-R keeper who was caught off his line. Unabia also got loose off a lovely buildup but his final shot was just high.

USJ-R also had a couple of chances but couldn’t connect on two free headers inside the box. In the second half, Asignar put the outcome beyond doubt with another goal for the season.

In the first game, SHS-Ateneo rested its starters and blanked the guest team, thanks to a brace by Christopher Ozawa and a goal each by Iverson Almonte and Zachary Frias.

On Sept. 22, USJ-R will take on SHS-Ateneo in the second high school game, while USC will face USPF at 1 p.m. USJ-R will take on UC in the final game. (ML)


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