Ateneo ends Don Bosco unbeaten run in Cesafi

(This report was published in Sun.Star Cebu's Aug. 30 edition)
College standings (As of Aug. 29)
Team       W     D     L     P   GD
USJR       2       -      -      6    +3
UC           1       1     -      4     +4
UV           1       1    1      4     -2
USPF       -       1     1     1     -1
USC        -        1     2     1     -3

SACRED Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu stripped Don Bosco Technological Center of its veil of invincibility with a 1-0 escape, while the University of San Carlos kissed it’s title defense goodbye in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football tournament at the Cebu City Sports Center.

SHS-Ateneo, which lost last year’s finals despite taking the lead against Don Bosco, now has six points on two wins but still trails rival Don Bosco on goal difference.

DBTC has six points on two wins and a draw, thanks to last week’s 8-0 rout of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) and a 10-0 win against the University of San Carlos (USC).

Against Ateneo, which beat the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), 3-0, last week, Don Bosco seemed headed for another win as it controlled the pace of the match and had the Magis Eagles back-pedaling early.

Agustin Roa and Mark Unabia took turns in testing Atenean keeper Ralph Christian Macam early, while Jon Joseph Reña had the best chance in the 10th but his shot went straight to the keeper.

In the 19th minute, Don Bosco won a free kick, which Joseph Antiola took, leading to a goal-mouth scramble that was collected by Ateneo.

Three quick passes later, Joshua Shields found himself open in the right flank with only a defender to beat. He feigned once, took a quick dribble and sent the ball to the bottom left corner, stunning the Bosconians.

In the 23rd, Glen Thomas Ramos took a stab from 30 yards that went wide, while four minutes later, it was Leo Gabriel Maquiling to miss from a free kick for Ateneo. That free kick was just the first of many mis-fires for Maquiling.

Coach Glen Ramos had a early change and put Justin Genson in, and a minute later, Reña got another chance, but his left-footed effort from 30 yards went straight to Macam, who had an answer for every DBTC attack yesteday.

Ateneo got two more chances on a couple of counter attacks but Maquiling failed to control the ball in his first touch, while Lex Rey Buenaventura’s shot from left went straight to the keeper.

In the second half, Maquiling got himself another chance with a brilliant run from a throw-in all the way to the penalty box was caught by Ceniza. In the 67th minute, Maquiling got his best chance to score after Ateneo earned a penalty but he also missed from the 12-yard spot.

Don Bosco had two late chances for an equalizer but another free kick just outside the box from Roa missed, while another 30-yarder from Reña went straight to the keeper.

In the first game, USC got its first win, 5-0, against USJ-R with Harry Barbon scoring twice. Antonio Alazas, Lloyd Soco and Kylie Savage had one goal each.

Today, SHS-Ateneo will gun for its third win against USJ-R at 10 a.m., after the 8 a.m. match between Don Bosco and USPF.

In the college division, USC’s chances of defending its title further dimmed after fighting to a 0-0 draw against the University of Cebu. USC’s designated freekick taker John Daniel Caballero came close with a 40-yard effort that kissed the bar late in the first half.

UC also had its chance, with Ene Famous getting a rebound from point-blank range only to miss high. A sneaky shot by Joshua Miguel Kwan late in the match bounced off the ground but UC keeper Arvin Perez collected it safely.

With the draw, USC is stuck at last place with one point, trailing USPF on goal difference. USPF also has one point after a goal-less draw with a game University of the Visayas yesterday.

Idle USJ-R leads the table with six points, while UC and UV are tied with four points each. The top two teams after the double round-robin elimination will advance to the finals and at last place, USC needs a miracle to get a chance to defend their crown.

Today, USJ-R will gun for its third straight win against UV at 1 p.m. to keep the chance to win the title outright by sweeping the elimination round, while UC battles USPF at 3 p.m.


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