courtesy of SUN STAR DAILY Newspaper (www.sunstar.com.ph)December 3, 2007 Monday issue
by Edri K. Aznar, Correspondent
PLAYING in a muddy field amidst the strong downpour, the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) denied University of San Carlos (USC) another chance at earning three points with a 1-0 win yesterday in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football tournament at the USC Technological Center football field.
The match saw a heated battle between a team aiming to be on top and a team struggling for its first victory.
With the rain and the mud making balance difficult, tempers flared, bodies banged and players slipped while another got sent out.
Marvin Abelgas of USJR struck the only goal of the game in the 67th minute and gave the former four-time champion its second win against a draw and a loss for a solid hold of the second spot.
USC settled for fourth place, two draws and two losses, finishing just three goals ahead of the University of Cebu.
Meanwhile, in the second game University of the Visayas (UV) remained undefeated and handed University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) its first loss of the tournament, 2-0 win.
UV finished the elimination round firmly at first with three wins and a draw, while USPF settled for third with a win, a draw and a loss.
Junard Aguilar scored his third goal for UV in the tournament in the 67th minute. And Frederick Alazas added in the 72nd for a 2-0 count.
In next week’s semifinals, UV will face the fourth-ranked USC in a battle of the last two champions and last year’s finalists, while USJ-R will face USPF.
USJ-R will miss the services of Arlon Sabal in the semifinal after he got two yellow cards in a five-minute span in the first half. Sabal got his first yellow in the 29th and another in the 34th. UV’s Jomar Labastida and USPF’s Christian Deck Pacana were also booked for yellow cards. (EKA)
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