Sunday, November 16, 2008

UV faces USJ-R for Cesafi title

Courtesy of Sun.Star Cebu

THE two bottom teams the University of the Visayas (UV) and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), will be facing each other in the finals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football tournament after scoring an upset against their top-ranked foes in the semifinal round at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Technology Center football field yesterday.

The highly-favored University of Southern Philippines Foundation, which was the No.1 team in the tournament, was overthrown by 2005 champion UV, 1-0.

UV and USPF had equal touches of the ball and ample attempts at the goal, however both team’s tight defense had them scoreless in the first half.

In the second half, UV lost top striker Junard Aguilar when he got booked for a red card in the 54th minute after allegedly elbowing a USPF defender.

The loss of Aguilar didn’t stop UV and seems to have only made them stronger, as they scored the only goal of the game in the 77th minute from a corner kick from Melvin Lauron that swerved and hit its target.

UV will be without Aguilar in their championship match against USJ-R but UV head coach Heber Bout believes that the squad’s bench is deep enough and that they can fill the void of their star striker.

“We were in control of the game but we were a victim of a bad call,” Buot told Sun.Star Cebu after the game. “Junard is our ace striker but we can compensate for his loss because we have sufficient players to cover for him,” he added.

Meanwhile, in the other semifinal match, USJ-R upset the No. 2 team USC, 1-0.

Adrianne Mejaran was the hero of the game as he scored the winning goal past Chris Escudero in the 62nd minute from a breakaway goal at right flank.

Former Cebu Football Association president Mario Ugarte, who helps Joselito Bono coach USJ-R said USC is a good team but they just got lucky to have a good look at the goal.

“We won, that is important. Most of teams are at equal footing. It was just our time,” said Ugarte. “Seventy-five percent of the time they were good on defense. But they just got rattled or something in the last minutes.”

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