CIS returns to Isac girls football finals

BAGUIO City – The Cebu International School barged into the final round of the International Schools Activities Conference (Isac) Girls' Soccer after a grueling four-game second day at Brent Baguio.

Meanwhile, their Boys' basketball team bowed out of contention despite putting up a valiant effort against Mindanao Christian Academy (Mica) before losing, 28-38 to finish with three wins and three losses.

The CIS girls, won two, drew one and lost to Brent Manila in the second day of the Isac meet to finish second in girls' soccer behind Brent Manila. CIS has 14 points on four wins and a draw while Brent Manila is first with 18 points from six wins.

Ironically, British School Manila, the only undefeated team with three wins and four draws is not in contention for the finals as they finish third with 13 points.

The CIS girls will have a chance for revenge against Manila, when they face each other in the final match at 9 p.m. today.

"We can beat (Brent) Manila, they just got lucky today," said CIS coach Dexter Arrojado.

In their final game yesterday, an unchecked striker banged in a goal off a bad clearance from a corner kick for the lone goal for Brent Manila's 1-0 win.

"Danica (Ronquillo) got covered that's why she wasn't able to stop the shot," said Arrojado, who is assisted by Jessica Aspillaga.

The second day started strongly for CIS as they routed European International School (EIS) 3-0, before drawing their game against BSM.

Amanda Darza had two goals while Monica Moraza banged in a penalty for their easy win.

In their next game, CIS strikers Merilee Watson and Presley Cunningham couldn't get past the strong BSM defense for the scoreless draw.

Their third game against winless Mica also started badly with CIS on the defensive end for a 0-0 score at the turn.

In the second half, CIS passing finally found its mark and Watson found a rushing Miko Sarmiento for a 1-0 score two minutes in. Watson finally got her scoring chance five minutes later after stripping a defender and smashing the ball home for their 2-0 win to send CIS back in the finals.

However, CIS, which is trying to better their runner-up finish last year, will have to overcome injuries to Gabi Aboitiz and Monica Moraza in the finals today.

"I rested Monica in the final game so she could play tomorrow (today)," said Arrojado.

Meanwhile, the CIS boys, coached by Rey Marañon, lost their first game yesterday, 41-24 to EIS before outclassing Brent Subic, 59-23.

The stifling CIS defense had them up 28-4 at the half, and it wasn't until the 6:38 mark of the third period that Subic got to double-digit score.

In their final game against Mica, CIS had the lead early, 7-4, on a trey by Michael Sharpe but the taller Mica squad fought their way back to take the lead, 18-16, at the end of the half.

Mica stretched the lead to 26-20 after three periods before Jerry Lee and Dominic Ugarte sparked a short rally for CIS to bring them within two, 28-26 with five minutes left in the final period.

However, after Lee fouled out, Mica scored 10 unanswered points to seal their win. Mica will face EIS in today's final.

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