CIS splits first two matches in Isac

AFTER a sluggish start, the Cebu International School (CIS) finally showed its full strength with a 5-1 whipping of Mindanao Christian Academy (Mica) in the first day of the International School Athletic Conference (Isac) boys football at the CIS field.

In its first game, CIS lost 1-2, with Michael Sharpe scoring the lone goal, to European International School, before coming back in the afternoon match against.

"They had a tough time adjusting with the game, but in the second half and in the second game, they were already playing well," CIS coach and former national team member Joshua Fegidero said.

CIS showed no sign of its early loss in its game against Mica, which earlier whipped Southville 5-1 as Sharpe connected with Jerry Lee in the first two minutes. However, Lee failed to hit the target. Lee got another chance when his shot richoceted off the keeper a few minutes later, but the ball hit the side bar.

In the 12th minute, Lee made sure his third try will count as he banged in a shot from left flank for their first goal of the match before Paolo Cases added another with a nifty move in the 17th. Cases chipped the ball over the defender then leftfooted it to the lower corner.

CIS, who is playing with Mike Ross at goal after Miguel Red dislocated a finger in the Thirsty Cup, scored two more goals in the half before Sharpe punctuated the match with a strike from midfield for its fifth goal.

CIS, which is aiming to win the football event, will play Brent Subic, Brent Baguio and Southville today and Fegidero will be more worried about fatigue than the opposition.

"I've seen the other teams, and I'm confident we can beat them," Fegidero said.

To allow for multiple games in a day, Isac has modified the rules, allowing for a flying substitution and limiting the match to 30 minutes per half.

Meanwhile, their girls basketball team will also play four matches today, against British School Manila, Southville, Brent Manila and European International School.

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