THE University of San Carlos (USC) unseated defending champions Don Bosco College (DBC) to win the Women’s Open division of the 12th Aboitiz Football Cup tournament last Sunday at the Aboitiz Sports field.
After losing last year’s title to DBC, USC finally got to return the favor with a 5-3 win in the final to hand the former champion its first loss this season.
USC started out strong scoring, two goals in the first 15 minutes of the match.
DBC retaliated with a strike in the 18th minute by Christine Mantos to reduce the lead to 2-1.
Don Bosco got the lead with a goal by Marlou Solon in the 36th and another by Rona Espinosa in the 38th for a 3-2 score at the break.
However, the Carolinians returned the favor in the second half and scored three goals in just four minutes.
Kim Arcenas leveled the match in the 67th before Nicole Trebol got the lead for USC in the 69th.
Arcenas then added an insurance goal in the 70th for the final count.
Meanwhile, Subangdaku FC (SFC) crushed Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU) A, 4-1, and clinched third place in the Women’s Open category.
CDU opened up the match with an early goal by Ruth Mantilla in the 14th minute before SFC struck back by scoring two goals late in the first half, courtesy of Danielle Lotzof in the 39th and Sophie Peterson in the 40th.
SFC then sealed the game in the second half with goals from Cheska Toledo and Peterson in the 60th and 70th minutes, respectively.
In other games, University of Cebu trampled Don Bosco (DB) Alumni, 5-1, while Queen City United (QCU) beat University of the Visayas, 2-0, in the Men’s League division.
Don Bosco Magone routed DB Alumni FC, 6-0, the while University of San Jose-Recoletos Alumni drew with the University of Southern Philippines Alumni, 1-1, in the Men’s Cup category.
QCU A also routed sister squad QCU B, 5-1, while Erco edged out Hiroshi, 2-1, in the 38-and-above class.
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