Sunday, September 02, 2012

Cesafi week 2: USJ-R blanks USC

UC 1 - 1 4 +2 4 2
USJR 1 - 1 4 +2 2 0
USPF - - 1 1 -2 1 3
UV - - 1 1 0 1 1
USC - 1 - 0 0 0 2

THE University of San Jose-Recoletos showed it's still one of the favorites for the Cesafi crown after blanking defending champion University of San Carlos, 2-0, in the second round last Sunday at the Cebu City Sports Center.

In the second game, former champion University of Cebu banked on three goals in the final 15 minutes to beat the University of Southern Philippines Foundation, 3-1.

USJ-R, which won the first four titles in Cesafi and UC, the 2010 winner, now have 4 points but UC leads having scored two more goals.

USPF, a former finalist, has one point on a draw and a loss, while UV, which drew a bye yesterday also has one point after its opening day draw with UC.

USC is last after losing its debut but since the five-team Cesafi has a semifinal round, the title holders are still in the hunt.

The defending champions started strong against USJ-R and had the initiative, but a sleepy defense was caught offguard and Rikko
de Guzman banged in the first goal in the 7th minute.  USJ-R doubled the lead in the 64th courtesy of Edmar Madrelijo.

In the second game, USPF got the first goal in the 64th, courtesy of Aljohn Armamento's penalty before UC's Axel Jake Parel, Christian
Vasquez and Nerie Morel scored one each in the final 15 minutes to steal the win.

UC will go for its second win against USC next week, while USPF will face UV.

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