AFTER its Under-17 squad fell short in the first day of the football festival, University of San Carlos (USC) won big yesterday by capturing two crowns in the 1st Sinulog Football Festival on their home pitch in the USC-Technology Center.
USC succumbed to Abellana National School, 1-0, in the Boys 17 championship match the other day but won the men’s and ladies open divisions.
The USC men’s team beat visiting Masbate, 3-1, in a penalty shootout while its women’s team won the league-type tournament by finishing with 11 points, just a point ahead over CTU.
The men’s open championship match went to penalty shootout after the regular period ended in a 1-1 draw.
Former RP Under-19 keeper Paolo Pascual saved the day for USC after deflecting the shots of the first two kickers of Masbate. Patrick Uno and Kenyan Bernard Rotich converted both penalty shots for the win.
“They showed good performance even though they were off from vacation and only had a week of practice,” an elated coach Gary Panagsagan told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday. (more)