Monday, October 18, 2010


Published in Cebu Daily Newspaper on Oct. 18, 2010 Monday issue
by Mars G. Alison, Correspondent
Rick Gabuya, Sports Editor

After winning hoop crown for the first time, Webmasters bag first football title

The University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters completed its historic run in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) this year by clinching their first-ever football collegiate title yesterday at the University of San Carlos-Technological Center (USC-TC) in barangay Talamban, Cebu City.

The Webmasters' victory couldn't have been more sweeter after they wrested the title with a 1-0 squeaker over seven-time defending champions University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in a rain-marred titular match.

Other schools who have held the CESAFI football collegiate title in its 10-year history were the University of the Visayas (UV) and USC.

The win also served as some sort of redemption for UC coach Glen Ramos, who is also the coach of Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) in the secondary division. It would also have been history in the making for Ramos if DBTC had not gotten into a conflict of schedule as the team had a good chance of snatching what would have been its ninth title in the tournament.

“I am enjoying it,” said Ramos, when asked how he feels about having given UC its first football title. Ramos has been coaching the UC football team for about five years now.

UC’s win could also be credited to goalkeeper Michael Nino Fernandez, who accounted for seven saves in the second half alone, leading the team’s impressive defensive stance.

Scoring UC’s lone goal was Keith Arguilles (73rd minute). Before taking to the pitch yesterday afternoon, the Webmasters attended Mass at the Sto. Rosario Parish church in the morning.

Ramos' last piece of advice to his team was to remind them that they are going up against veterans so they should let them have the pressure.

“Pressure and support, counter-attack and strengthened defense, that was our game plan,” Ramos said.

In the fight for third, elimination leader University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) defeated USC, 2-1.

Joseph Rodriguez took the scoring cudgels for USPF in the 5th and 89th minutes while USC's lone goal was scored by Bernard Rotich in the 71st minute.

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