After losing its NOPSSCEA crown, the West Negros University collegiate football team made sure that University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos will not duplicate the feat at the University Games by turning back the Recoletos boys, 1-0, yesterday at the Julio Sy/ Felomino Cimafranca field in Silliman University, Dumaguete.
Regaining some of its lost pride against the Unorians was not easy for the Wesnecans as both teams played good defense in a scoreless first half of the game.
Determined to preserve their UniGames title, WNU played more aggressively in the second half and registered three close attempts before Alfie Sibuha’s finally connected from 30 yards in the 60th minute from a cross pass escaped the clutches of UNO-R’s keeper.
Lemuel Unabia tried to make it 2-0 for the WNU side but his center kick failed to go in.
While he is happy with the win, WNU coach and former national team mentor Norman Fegidero said they are in a different competition and they are trying to put the NOPSSCEA loss behind them.
Surpassing the test against UNO-R primed the Wesnecans for their next match, presumably against the De La Salle University which was playing against Xavier University as of press deadline.
Meanwhile, coach Freddie “Nene” Lazarita and his University of St. La Salle team blew away University of Northern Philippines, 20-0.
The La Sallians will face next Central Phillippine University, whose Korean-national reinforced team routed UNP, 12-0 in an earlier match-up.
UNO-R, on the other hand, will play against Xavier University tomorrow to remain in contention for the crown.
Former National PRISAA champion San Beda College, mentored by former national coach Aris Caslib, will meet College of St. Benilde, in tomorrow’s 3 p.m. game.
Quarterfinal games are scheduled on October 28 with the semifinals to be played the next day. Championship game is set on October 30, 10 a.m. at the Perdices Coliseum.*NAB
Visayan Daily Star