Ate­neode Ce­bubags­the 2018Ce­safi sec­ondary foot­ball ti­tle

Magis Ea­gles de­feat USJ-R, 1-0, to be­come the 2018 Ce­safi sec­ondary foot­ball champs

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Mars G. Ali­son COR­RE­SPON­DENT

It was like 2016 all over again as Leo Gabriel Maquil­ing once again en­gi­neered a 10 tri­umph that al­lowed the Sa­cred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Ea­gles to clinch their fourth Cebu Schools Ath­letic Foun­da­tion, Inc. (Ce­safi) sec­ondary foot­ball ti­tle Satur­day morn­ing, Novem­ber 10, at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter.

The Magis Ea­gles foiled what would have been a fairy tale end­ing for the Uni­ver­sity of San Jose Reco­le­tos (USJ-R), 1-0, via a free di­rect kick taken by Maquil­ing right out­side the box in the 79th minute fol­low­ing a tack­ling foul.

“I feel good be­cause I was able to end my last Ce­safi with a win, give my best and give honor to my school,” said the 18-yearold Maquil­ing, who also sealed the ti­tle for the Magis Ea­gles back in 2016 also with his lone goal in the sec­ond half.

At that time, they de­feated the Don Bosco Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (DBTC) Grey­wolves, who this year set­tled for third place after pre­vail­ing in a penalty shootout, 5-2, against the Uni­ver­sity of San Car­los (USC), in a game held ahead of the cham­pi­onship match.

Ac­cord­ing to Maquil­ing, he was sad be­fore the game started be­cause he knew he couldn’t give it a hun­dred per­cent be­cause he was in­jured.

“But I know that the coaches, my team­mates and God will be there for us,” quipped Maquil­ing, who was nurs­ing an in­jured right foot which was why he was only able to train for two days for the Ce­safi fi­nals match and had trou­ble run­ning and kick­ing dur­ing the game.

Maquil­ing was named as the Most Valu­able Play- er as well as the top scorer of the tour­na­ment with a to­tal of nine goals.

Two other Ateneo play­ers were also given spe­cial awards. Team cap­tain Pomeroy John Veloso was hon­ored as the Best Mid­fielder while John Fran­cis Zam­brano was named as the Best Goal­keeper. The Best De­fender award was given to USJ-R’s Jan­uar James Vil­larin.

Ateneo head coach Oliver “Bing­bing” Colina said that he is very happy with the team’s achieve­ment es­pe­cially that this is the first time that he han­dled a team for the Ce­safi high school divi­sion.

“We worked on this for al­most four months, since June from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.,” said Colina adding, that as a re­ward for the team’s hard­work, they will have a train­ing camp in Ja­pan next year.

Colina said that in the first half, his team was not play­ing their game, they strug­gled at ball pos­ses­sion and were re­sort­ing to long balls, most prob­a­bly due to nerves.

Colina added that their game plan was to con­tain four key play­ers of USJ-R, the be­hind striker so he would not be able to feed the ball to the wingers, which Veloso was suc­cess­fully able to do.

Ac­cord­ing to Colina, he fielded most of his se­nior play­ers in Maquil­ing, Royg­biv Barro and Christo­pher Osawa in the first half for the build-up, which paid off in the sec­ond half.

CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON

The Sa­cred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu sec­ondary foot­ball team with the coach­ing staff and Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Rico Navarro (ex­treme left).

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