IT MAY have come a week late but the University of San Carlos’ (USC) coronation as the king of college football in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. is complete. USC, the three-time champion, left no room for doubts as it dominated the University of Cebu, 3-0, to win its fourth straight title at the Cebu City Sports Center on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.
USC is now the second school to win four straight titles after the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) did in the first four seasons. At eight titles, USC is only one win away of USJ-R’s record of nine, which it won in 2001 to 2004, 2007 to 2009 and 2012 to 2013.
UC, which was trying to add to its two titles won in 2010 and 2015, had the odds stacked against them. Trailing 1-0 after the first half that was played a week ago, it found itself trailing 2-0 just five minutes in after the speedster Steven Patalinghug, who was eventually named the MVP, added to his tally in the 50th.
Fifteen minutes later, Patalinghug played the provider to Christian Agot, chasing down a through ball at left flank before deftly connecting with Agot. His initial header was blocked but he left no room for doubt in the rebound, 3-0.
UC also had its moments on the offensive end, with Kurt Cuizon forcing a footsave from Terrence Colmenares from his long-range effort. Joseph Limana got the rebound but his shot was also staved off by Colmenares, who was named the best keeper.
Cuizon did beat Colmenares with a cheeky free kick but a USC defender was there to clear the ball.
Cuizon, who finished with five goals for the season, got the top scorer award, while Adrian Lim was named the best defender. Agot also took home the best midfielder award. (ML)