USC, DBTC open Cesafi football title defense with victories

Defending champions Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) and the University of San Carlos (USC) started their Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football defense with similar 2-1 wins over their opening day foes at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) last Nov, 5. 2022.

USC, which is seeking a five-peat and a record-tying ninth title, bucked a slow start to beat a game University of Southern Philippines (USPF), 2-1, in the collegiate division, while DBTC foiled a comeback by USC to win via the same score.

KEY PLAYER. USC’s Jeff Leonard Labus earned man of the match honors after scoring the go-ahead goal in USC’s 2-1 win over USPF in the Cesafi football competition. (PHOTO GRABBED FROM CESAFI FB PAGE)

John Kenneth Olegario stunned the defending champions with a third-minute goal for USPF, a three-time losing finalist to USC in previous editions. USC found the equalizer 15 minutes into the second half courtesy of John Cyril Sinoy before Jeff Labus got the go-ahead goal four minutes from time.

In the other collegiate match, USJ-R, which is seeking its first title since 2013, leaned on Mark Iann Vergara to beat the University of Cebu, 2-1. UC got the lead in the fifth minute thanks to Glen Geralde before Vergara struck in the 21st and 25th minutes for USJ-R, which still holds the most number of titles at nine.

On the other hand, John Carlos Vitualla scored in the 42nd and 50th minutes for a comfortable 2-0 lead before USC’s Floyd Ouano got one back in the 65th in the high school division.

Former champion Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu also opened its campaign with a win, 2-0, against USJ-R with late goals from Christopher Candingo and Wayne Almendras.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, USC will gun for its second win against USJ-R, while USPF will face UC in the college division. DBTC will take on 2019 finalist USJ-R, while Ateneo faces USC in the high school division.

This year’s tournament follows the double round robin format with the top two advancing to the finals. However, a team that wins all its matches will automatically be crowned champions.


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