USJ-R widens gap on top; DTBTC gets closer to sweep

The University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) widened its lead in the collegiate division, while the Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) took a step closer to getting an outright title after last weekend’s Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football action at the Cebu City Sports Center field.

MAN OF THE MATCH. MC Maike Silva scored two goals in the first half to earn man-of-the-match honors against USC.

USJ-R kept its hold of the top spot with a 2-1 win over defending champion University of San Carlos (USC) to improve to 10 points in four games. MC Maike Silva turned in a man-of-the-match performance with goals in the 17th and 40th minutes for an early 2-0 lead, while USC, which hasn’t won in its last three games, had its lone goal in the 49th courtesy of Areli Acuin Gaspe.

In the other college game, two-time champion University of Cebu (UC) improved its chances of making the final after a convincing 4-0 win over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), with Wendel Soco and Kurt Cuizon scoring two goals each.

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UC improved to four points, just one behind USC and can overtake the Warriors if it wins its last two matches against USJ-R on Nov. 30 and USC on Dec. 8. However, the Warriors can get their title-retention campaign back on track with a win against USPF on Nov. 30 and if UC loses to the Jaguars on the same day, making the UC vs. USC game on Dec. 8 a nonbearing affair.

In the high school division, DBTC toyed anew with USJ-R, 4-0, for its fourth straight win with Andre Custodio, Edgar Perales, Miguel Javier, and Louie Manlosa scoring the goals.

In the other game, Sacred Heart School-Ateneo and USC, which fought to a scoreless draw in the first round, had another 1-1 draw. Benedict RUpin got Ateneo the lead in the 69th, while Christian Sagario got the equalizer in the 84th. DBTC is comfortably on top at 12 points, while Ateneo (5 points) and USJ-R (3 points) fighting for the second spot.

On Wednesday, Ateneo will take on USJ-R in a match that could potentially determine the second placer in the division. Luckless and winless USC will face DBTC.

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