by Edri K. Aznar, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
LAST week’s losers came back strong to surprise the favorites in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. collegiate football at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Technological field.
The University of the Visayas (UV) erased a two-goal deficit to draw with USC, 2-2, while the University of Southern Philippines had a strong second half to surprise defending champion University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), 2-1, in the second game.
USC still leads the tournament with four points, while USPF is now third with three points behind University of Cebu. UV is fourth with a point, while the defending champion sits at the bottom.
Despite being down to 10 players after Paul dela Victoria got booked with a red card in the 20th minute, USJ-R still drew first blood due to the error of USPF goalkeeper Jaysan Galarrita.
Galarrita failed to clear the incoming ball, giving Junjun Pintuan an easy tap-in goal in the 24th.
Defender Aljohn Armamento got the equalizer for USPF with a perfectly-struck free kick in the 73rd and USPF didn’t let up with their attack.
Their efforts paid off as Joseph Rodriguez scored the winning goal in the 87th minute, off a feed from Rene Sanchez.
On the other hand, University of the Visayas (UV) salvaged a 2-2 draw with frontrunner USC after an impressive last-minute run.
USC had a commanding 2-0 lead at halftime with goals from winger Folkhanes Anthony in the 15th, and midfielder Karl Vincent Arcenas in the 40th minute. Arcenas’s goal came from a 25-yard freekick that hit the top corner.
However, UV scored a quick goal in the second half with a header from striker Juvinal Villahermosa and he struck again in the 90th for the equalizer.