by Mars G. Alison, Correspondent
Rick Gabuya, Sports Editor
THE UNIVERSITY of San Jose Recoletos’ (USJ-R) title retention bid suffered a setback after it lost to the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), 1-2, in its first match of the 10th CESAFI College Football Championship yesterday at the USC Talamban Campus (USC-TC).
USPF overcame a bad performance in last weekend’s opening games with a convincing win over the defending champions.
Aljohn Armamento started the ball rolling for USPF after scoring his goal at the 20th minute of the match. USJ-R scored the equalizer four minutes later courtesy of Junjun Pintuan.
In the second half, both teams tightened their defense and it seemed the match would end in a stalemate until Joseph Rodriguez found the back of the net with just three minutes remaining in the ballgame sealing USPF’s first win in the tournament.
USPF’s win catapulted it to third place in the team standings with three points, while USJ-R is currently at the bottom rung with no points.
USC, on the other hand, retains its current status as the leader after it ended its match against the University of the Visayas (UV) in a 2-all draw.
Folkhanes Anthony once against scored USC’s first goal in the 15th minute of the match. This was followed by another goal from teammate Karl Vincent Arcenas with five minutes remaining in the first half.
Determined to barge into the win column, UV’s Juvinal Villahermosa immediately scored an answering goal just a minute into the second half.
As the game progressed, USC seemed to be feeling the absence of two of their players who were serving their one-game suspension for incurring red card violations.
USC tried to defend its one-point advantage but Villahermosa came through once again on the last minute of the game, ending the match in a 2-all draw. USC remains on top with four points. /CORRESPONDENT MARS G. ALISON