by Mars G. Alison, Correspondent
Rick Gabuya, Sports Editor
DEFENDING champions University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) brightened its chances for a fourth title after it eliminated the University of the Visayas (UV) in the 2010 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) Football Championship collegiate division yesterday at the University of San Carlos Technological Center (USC-TC) in barangay Talamban, Cebu City.
The Jaguars showed the Lancers the exit door with a commanding 4-0 win.
UV ended its 2010 campaign with just a point after losing thrice on four outings. The one bright spot in UV's experience this year was having scored a 2-all draw against USC.
Eduardo Buglosa started the rout for USJ-R with a goal into the 1st minute of the match.
UV, which was fighting for survival, was not able to equalize until Junjun Pintuan scored USJ-R's second goal at the 21st minute.
The Lancers tightened its defense and was able to prevent the defending champions from once again finding the back of the net going into halftime.
However, back-to-back USJ-R goals in the 51st and 52nd minutes courtesy of Buglosa and Adrianne Mejaran proved to be UV's final nail in the coffin.
In the second game, USC snatched the top spot from idle University of Southern Philippine Foundation (USPF) with a 2-0 win over the University of Cebu (UC).
Folkhanes Anthony found the back of the net with a flick of his left foot five meters from the goal that sent the ball soaring over the goalkeeper in the 9th minute.
Ian Salabao sealed USC's win with his contribution just nine minutes left before the break.
Despite the loss, UC is assured of a spot in the semifinals with just four teams remaining in the tournament following UV's exit.
USC now enjoys seven points and has a chance to end at the top of the leaderboard should it win its final elimination assignment next weekend while USJ-R climbed to the second spot with six points for second place./CORRESPONDENT MARS G. ALISON