USC routs UC in finals, becomes winningest football team in Cesafi
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors is now the winningest Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (Cesafi) men’s football champion after clinching their ninth title last Sunday, December 10 at their home pitch in the USC Talamban Campus.
This was after they defeated the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 3-0, in their finals match, to surpass the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars for winning the most Cesafi men’s football titles.
Most Valuable Player: Agot of USC
USC and USJ-R once tied in winning eight Cesafi men’s football title in history last year, but the former broke the deadlock last Sunday.
Besides that, the Warriors won their sixth straight Cesafi football title.
Eventual “Most Valuable Player” Christian Vierh Agot led USC’s charge after scoring the first goal at the sixth minute.
Gaspe made it 2 in second half for USC
In the second half, Areli Acuin Gaspe made it 2-0 from his 68th minute goal, while eventual “Best Midfielder” Ludwig Ryan Badayos finished off UC with an 81st minute goal.
“We officially surpassed USJ-R to win the most Cesafi football title. We were tied at eight last year, but now, we have nine,” said USC’s head coach Jinggoy Roa.
“The biggest factor for us this year was our more mature and stronger team. Last year, we had 25 rookies who didn’t have Cesafi experience, but now, they have the experience which was a big plus for us because they’ve matured already.”
Why USC won
Roa revealed that most of his players came from some of Cebu’s best high school football teams who tried out for the team last year, adding more firepower to their already formidable arsenal.
“We’re very satisfied of winning the title, but we have to do more work to further improve, because we have to do good also sa (in) other tournaments like sa (the) PRISAA. The good thing is, our roster will be intact for the next two to three years,” added Roa.
“For me, we were a fitter team physically. It helped that we’re playing in our home pitch also and the skills of the players also became a huge factor. We have a set of skillful players, plus I have my reliable coaching staff which helped me a lot. Made my job easier.”
Top scorer of the tourney
Despite falling short in the Cesafi men’s football tournament, USJ-R snagged one individual award from MC Maiko Silva who was named the “Top Scorer”.
Besides Agot and Badayos, two more players from USC received individual awards in Benedict Ross Tabar (best goalkeeper) and Nathan Gamaliel Bajarias (best defender).
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